Thursday, March 5, 2015
We found this set of silent footage taken of Harlem circa 1964 on youtube and it provides a glimpse of the nightlife that uptown was famous for back in those days. Big Wilt's Smalls Paradise, Baby Grand, The West End Theatre, The Apollo, Loew's Victoria Theatre, Harlem Moon, Lido Bar, Silver Rail, Sugar Ray's, Blumestein's and the Chow Mein sign over at the Renaissance Ballroom are all featured after the 3:30 minute mark. There were also many barbecue spot in Harlem back then and this was the last decade when business was still booming uptown before years of decline up until the late 90s. Watching the footage is somewhat mundane without sound so we recommend playing The Ronettes in the background to help put things into perspective.
for $3,000 a month in 2015 which might sound right for newer buildings but seemed a bit high to us since there are so many larger apartments at this price range in Central and West Harlem. In a quick search of uptown market listings, we found 164 two-bedrooms, 90 three-bedrooms and even 17 four-bedroom apartments (like this one) at $3K or under for monthly rent. Most of these units are in prewar buildings going under renovations and not new construction so maybe this is what skewing the numbers. Harlem's market rate rental stock is pretty much still affordable compared to some of the inflated numbers out there and definitely much more convenient transportation-wise than many of expensive formerly unheard of neighborhoods popping up in those outer boroughs.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015