123 and Broadway

Looking at the photo above it’s hard to imagine that this is Harlem – 123rd Street and Broadway – even if it was taken in 1895. The photo was taken by Robert Bracklow (1849-1919) and shows street car tracks (look in the bottom left) which means that this would be Broadway, vs. the street running up to the right in the photo that must be 123rd Street.

Note the lamp post – rather short, but a nice cast iron item. The trees, on the left-hand side help us orient as well. The shadows are on the left, thus north. Going to the left would take you further uptown, and going to the right on Broadway would take you towards Columbia University and beyond.

In a second photo taken at the same session, Bracklow shows us not only the rural looking wooden home and driveway, it also takes in some brownstone row houses on 125th street (at least the back of them):

Here you can more clearly see the street car/trolly tracks on Broadway, as well as the cobbles that surfaced this major thoroughfare.

The wooden home is represented here in yellow:

From the blog Stuff Nobody Cares About: https://stuffnobodycaresabout.com/2020/06/26/home-on-the-range/

The hill, behind the wooden home, is where Morningside Gardens now stands. Note, however, that there is an outhouse, seemingly at the top of the driveway, between the home and the hill, behind.

For a view of the same corner, today, see below:

As Seen on 3rd Avenue

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