Monday, July 28, 2014

REMEMBER: LENOX LOUNGE CIRCA 1994

We were checking out a few 90s videos for research over the weekend and saw this old black and white production for the song Secret which reminded us of Harlem photographer Gordan Parks' work.  From that point on, it seemed that the lounge in the background was very reminiscent of Lenox Lounge complete with the older musicians performing in their requisite pork pie hats.  It turns out that this 1994 production is a glimpse of Harlem 20 years ago and the video was indeed filmed at Lenox Lounge.  Unfortunately a lease dispute has now left the formerly iconic space gutted back in 2013 and the future of Harlem's most famous jazz spot is still in question: LINK

DWELL: 2038 MADISON TOWNHOUSE REDUCED

The 2-family East Harlem townhouse at 2038 Madison by 129th Street had an initial asking earlier in the year closer to $3 million but now has been reduced to $2.3 million.  The renovations which includes a majority of original details and truly higher end, context finishes is one of the better ones we have seen uptown but Madison is pretty much a sleepy corner of the neighborhood.  With that said, the housing stock around the immediate blocks are quite nice and some record sales have been reported just one avenue over on Fifth in the past year.  More details on the broker site: LINK

BESPOKE: A STOOP GARDEN BY STRIVERS ROW

The owners of the stoop by 138th Street and 7th Avenue never ceases to impress us every summer with their gardening creativity.  At the height of summer it seems that the foliage is especially verdant and the well-watered display is a lush paradise within the Strivers Row blocks.  This touch of local color always brightens one's day when passing by and it is always very inspiring to see folks so passionate about beautifying the block.

EAT: ANCHOR WINE BAR IN HAMILTON HEIGHTS


We just noticed that one of the Mexican restaurants on the Broadway corridor of West Harlem had shuttered recently and a new place already has been set to move in.  The space at 3508 Broadway just north of 143rd Street has a public notice up for a liquor license and will be called Anchor Wine Bar based on the paperwork in the window.  With an atmospheric name and what appears to be engineered wood floors on the interior, we expect that this new arrival will actually be one to look out for in Hamilton Heights.  Other yet-to-be open restaurants in the area such as Hog's Head Tavern are also upping the game in design and this always shows a particularly high taste level to us and usually indicates the no details are left behind for such establishments.  We are not quite sure of the opening date for Anchor but everything looks like it is coming together quite quickly.

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