In the photo below, a group of men listen to a radio, mounted on a box. Their semicircular gathering allows the camera to take in a vignette with the central object (the radio) in full view – all of which suggests a staged photograph.

The image was taken in the 1930s during the depression. This location on Lenox Ave. is now the Mother Hale Bus Depot.

PIX11 Report on East Harlem’s Clean Team

The nonprofit group Positive Workforce joined forces with Uptown Grand Central three years ago. It has been a job-training center in the community for 30 years.

The city has recently added funding and resources to bring on 30 workers. It’s part of Mayor Eric Adams’ “Get Stuff Clean” program.

“It’s making a big difference. People take notice and are getting on board. The lighting is up. They see people getting involved and they get involved,” said Ruben Thomas with Positive Workforce.

PIX11 has the report:

Harlem Street Scenes

The National Archives has outtakes from METROPOLIS 1939 with scenes from central Harlem, Harlem River Houses, and the building of the Queensbridge Houses.

The incredible vitality of the Harlem scene (Harlem was much more densely populated then – due to racially restrictive housing policies and practices) comes across clearly in this film.

Ginjan Featured in Humans of New York

Make sure to check out the amazing piece on the founders of Ginjan Cafe (Park/125) on Humans of New York:

Foreign Born

How Calculated: 

Estimated number of people born outside the US or its territories (which includes Puerto Rico), divided by the total population; expressed as a percent.

Source: American Community Survey

Ginjan Cafe Featured

Ginjan Cafe was featured in a story about the history of the cafe, the incredible effort by the Diallos, and their hope for the future:

Despite his reservations, Diallo is incredibly optimistic for the future of Ginjan Cafe.

“We still have a long way to go, we’re about at 60% now, which is more than where we expected to be,” said Diallo. “We rolled out a limited food menu and will have a full food menu next month, and we’re going to start doing deliveries and carryout. I’m optimistic for the future, but I think it’s going to be another 2 years before we get back to this new normal.”

Ginjan Cafe is located at 85 East 125th Street in Harlem. For more information about Ginjan Cafe and the Ginjan Brothers, visit

To see the full article, click here.

Build the Block – Thursday at 5:30 pm

Sector C of the 25th Precinct will be holding a Build The Block event on Thursday at 5:30 pm at Ginjan Cafe – Park/125. Sector C is the sliver north of 115th Street, between 5th and Park Avenues.

Bring any public safety concerns to the meeting.

A New Pitch to Lease The Corn Exchange Building

For years now the gorgeously renovated Corn Exchange Building at Park/125 has been sitting empty (except, of course, for the amazing Ginjan Cafe! which occupies part of the street-level corner). Recently, a new pitch is being made (presumably to commuters on Metro-North trains coming into the city) as seen in the new ad – high up on the back of the building:

Build The Block Meeting

Ginjan Café 85 East 125 St Manhattan, 10035

Thursday, August 13th, 2020 Doors open at 4:30 PM

Meeting starts at 5:00 PM

Our Neighborhood Coordination Officers would like to invite you to a Build The Block meeting at Ginjan Cafe. This will be an opportunity to discuss any public safety or quality of life issues you would like our precinct to focus on. Come and meet your neighbors, share any concerns you might have, and help our precinct see community need through your eyes and experience.

For accommodations regarding any disability, please contact Lieutenant Mario Deras
At (212) 860-6515 or [email protected]
at least 72 hours (three days) prior to the event.