During the 1920s and 1930s, Seventh Avenue in the 130s was nicknamed the Boulevard of Dreams, a stretch of Harlem lined with top theaters and clubs such as the Lafayette Theater and Connie’s Inn.
Between these venues was a lone elm tree (see it above) known as the Tree of Hope, bringing good luck to any up-and-coming entertainer who touched it before hitting the stage—as Ethel Waters, Eubie Blake, and other legends supposedly did.
A second tree was soon planted in its place by Bill (Bojangles) Robinson, but that too met the ax.
This plaque, however, serves as a reminder of it on Seventh Avenue and 131st Street.
Tags: Bill Bojangles Robinson, Boulevard of Dreams, Connie's Inn Harlem, Ethel Waters, Eubie Blake, Harlem in the 1920s, Harlem Renaissance, Lafayette Theater Harlem, Seventh Avenue Uptown, Tree of Hope