100 years ago the New York Times reported breathlessly on an illegal gambling house at 1939 Madison Avenue (between 124/125).
The charges leveled in court and in the newspaper allege that not only was gambling occurring, but debts were not paid, and the local police were on the take.
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Claire Oliver Gallery
If you have a chance, head up Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. to 134/135 and stop in the Claire Oliver Gallery. The current exhibit of photography – a Love Letter for Harlem – is wonderful, powerful, and worth a visit.