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Langston Hughes’ Former Harlem Brownstone for Sale

August 1st, 2009 17 Comments

Yesterday my friend, real estate agent and music industry veteran Barbara Harris, called with a rare opportunity: the chance to tour Langston Hughes’ former residence at 20 East 127th Street, near Fifth Avenue in Harlem.  Hughes, whose writings resounded with the wit, truth, and dignity of the human experience, lived at this majestic 1869 house […]

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7 West 46th Street

June 7th, 2009 6 Comments

I’ve long been fascinated by this tall, somewhat foreboding house that sits to the west of Fifth Avenue at 7 West 46th Street – a block that, until very recently, offered one of midtown’s last uninterrupted stretches of 19th and early 20th-century buildings.  The block has also been known as “Little Brazil,” a tiny pocket […]

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Loew’s 7th Ave Theater/Harlem Casino Part 3

May 22nd, 2009 1 Comment

So it turns out that the history of the old Harlem Casino, 124th Street and 7th Avenue, is more complicated than I had thought.  When we last visited this location, in my post of March 27, I concluded that (contrary to my previous assumptions) it was probably not really the oldest theatrical building left standing […]

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1845 Broadway Was Bustanoby’s

May 17th, 2009 1 Comment

First of all, this building is a bit older than I had thought: according to the NYC Department of Buildings website (for those who missed the earlier posts, that address is http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/bsqpm01.jsp), a “new buildings” permit for 1845 Broadway was submitted in 1883.  Generally, this means that the building would have been completed and ready […]

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40th St. & 8th Ave., Pt. 2, and Okeh Recording Studios

March 13th, 2009 No Comments

This week I made a trip to the New York Historical Society Library to research Ford’s Saloon (follow up to my post from last week). The Library is a great resource for historians, and it’s completely free – if you explain to the front desk that you’re there to visit the library, you won’t be […]

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