Estey Piano Company and the 3rd Avenue Bridge

An Ebay posting of the 3rd Avenue Bridge in stereoscope:

And while it’s hard to see in the photo above, there are horse-drawn wagons on the right, and pedestrians on the left, all waiting for the perpendicular center span to repivot back to allow passage for terrestrial forms of transportation (clearly a boat of some sort must have prompted this swing bridge to swing open.

Below are the pedestrians waiting (note the safety railing separating them from a plunge into the Harlem river):

And below, a close-up of the horse-drawn wagons:

Note, the building popping up above the bridge’s arch, on the Bronx side of the Harlem River. This building, now known as the Bronx’s Clock Tower (and currently a residential and commercial building), was at the time of this 1890 stereoscope, the Estey Piano Company’s building in Port Morris.

The Estey Organ Company was an organ manufacturer based in Brattleboro, Vermont, founded in 1852 by Jacob Estey. At its peak, the company was one of the world’s largest organ manufacturers, employed about 700 people, and sold its high-quality items as far away as Africa, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand.

Estey built around 500,000 to 520,000 pump organs between 1846 and 1955. Estey also produced pianos, made in The Bronx in what was known as the Estey Piano Company Factory – now the Clock Tower Building.

Harlem Arts Stroll


NOVEMBER 12, 2022, 1PM TO 6PM

It’s about Harlem from 110th to 155th Streets with its galleries and businesses welcoming you.

Spend time with:

CALABAR GALLERY @calabargallery

CLAIRE OLIVER GALLERY @claireolivergallery

KENTE ROYAL GALLERY @kente_royal_gallery

UNDERGROUND GALLERY @reginaldrousseauarts

HEATH GALLERY @heathgallery

ILON ART GALLERY @ilonartgallery

L’ SPACE DE REVE @lespacedereve

DIASPORA NOW @cafaartfair

ARTISTIC NOISE @artistic_noise

JVS PROJECT SPACE @jvsprojectspace

AHL FOUNDATION @ahlfoundation

FACES OF HARLEM @facesofharlem

ART & FOOD will be at:


It’s very much local and global. Come experience of Harlem culture. Email [email protected]

Community Advisory Board Members With a History of Addiction, Sought

The Department of Health and Mental Hygene would like to get community members with lived experience of drug use to join a Community Advisory Board. Here’s their pitch:

I hope this email finds you well.  

My name is Roxana from the New York City Health Department of Health’s Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, and Treatment. With our first membership cycle closing at the end of June 2022, we are in the process of recruiting for our second Community Advisory Board (CAB) cohort comprised of people with lived experience of substance use and are looking for member nominations. Since your organization provides services to community members, I am writing to ask for your assistance to identify people who might be interested in serving on the board.

Ideally, we would like to recruit individuals with lived experience of drug use who areat any point on the continuum (from active use to recovery) who would be interested in using their experiences to inform ways in which DOHMH can better support people who use drugs. Once selected, members will be invited to attend six 2-hour meetingsto be held within Fiscal Year 2023 (July 2022-June 2023). Meetings will be facilitated by staff from BADUPCT and CAB members will receive a stipend for participation after each meeting. Nominees must have a tax identification number (TIN) or a social security number (SSN) in order to receive payment for attending the meetings.     

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the logistical complications of booking a physical meeting site, we anticipate that the CAB meetings will be held virtually on a video platform such as zoom or Google meet. Members without a smartphone or tablet access will have the option to call in, but basic phone access is required. 

You can email or give me a call at 703-981-5234.

Thanks so much!  

Roxana A. Hernandez, MPH | she, her, hers

Policy Analyst

Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, and Treatment

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

42-09 28th Street, Long Island City, NY, 11101

Ph: 347-396-4866

Email: [email protected]

Join the Harlem Arts Stroll This Saturday

Click to register: Harlem Arts Stroll

Celebrate the artistry of local creatives at the Harlem Arts Stroll. The event—hosted by a collective of Harlem-based galleries and businesses from 110th Street to 155th Street—will give attendees a lens into the community’s rich culture through art. The stroll will commence at Calabar Gallery and a map of all locations will be sent to registered participants. Saturday, July 9, 1:00 pm

NYC Covid mandates require registrations of all attendees.

It’s very much local and global. Come experience of Harlem culture. Email us [email protected]








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