A fading reminder of Harlem’s farming history

Flour? Hay? Grain? It’s almost hard to believe that this faded advertisement, on the side of a building on West 128th Street in Harlem, is for real.


But there it is, seemingly a reminder of the neighborhood’s long-ago incarnation as farmland.

It’s on the same block as the new St. Nicholas Park apartments, and if development trends in the area continue, the vacant lot that allows us to see the ad may not be empty much longer.

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3 Responses to “A fading reminder of Harlem’s farming history”

  1. petey Says:


  2. Bob_in_MA Says:

    Definitely stands out. But it may not have been for farmers, there were millions of working horses in New York up until WWI, even a fair number up until WWII.

  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Excellent point Bob. I guess when I saw grain, I thought of the kind that gets planted in the ground….

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