Harlem Flats (Back Lot Laundry)

In 2011 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (outside LA) acquired the “Harlem Flats (Back Lot Laundry),” an important early painting made in 1907 by Ernest Lawson, one of a group of Ashcan school artists called The Eight.

“Harlem Flats” was purchased for The Huntington by Kelvin Davis.

Notice that the boys are walking on an outcrop of the ubiquitous Manhattan schist which forms the foundation of many northern Manhattan buildings, and is the grey, sparkly stone used in the neo-gothic buildings of City College.

Salem Methodist Church

Ebay has a postcard of the church at 129/ACP and a proposed community center addition – further west on West 129th Street.

Below is the view today, with the community center used by The Harlem Children’s Zone:

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