Posts Tagged ‘Harlem’

Vintage store signs, Harlem edition

May 12, 2009

El Coqui is a tiny tree frog native to Puerto Rico—and the name of a restaurant on First Avenue near 110th Street:

Elcoquisign

Lenox Lounge, with its lovely Art Deco sign, has been at its Lenox Avenue address since 1939:

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Pizza Del Barrio and Carousel Ice Cream are East Harlem ghost signs. They remain, but both shops have been long replaced by other businesses:

Pizzadelbarriosign

The little babes watching over us from doorways

September 5, 2008

Not all New York tenements are guarded by mean-looking gargoyles. Case in point: an angel of Harlem, overseeing the front steps of a tenement on Fifth Avenue in the 120s:

And here, on the facade of a similar tenement in the South Bronx, a cute bugle boy alerts us to danger:

The most beautiful street in Harlem

May 15, 2008

Running alongside Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem is quiet Convent Avenue, easily one of the prettiest thoroughfares in Manhattan and my vote for one of the top five citywide (yeah, I’m talking to you South Portland Avenue and Montgomery Place in Brownstone Brooklyn). 

I think the southern end of the street, in the 130s and low 140s, is in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. Once you cross over the 145th, it becomes Sugar Hill. Both parts are flanked by gorgeous row houses and churches. You’ll practically expect a hansom cab to trot by.