David Richard Gallery

If you’re curious about art and interested in visiting a consistently good gallery, head over to the David Richard Gallery at 211 E 121st St, New York, NY 10035 (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).

The gallery leans to hard-edge abstraction painting but never ceases to surprise.

https://davidrichardgallery.com/

And, while they currently occupy 2 floors, plans are afoot to open the basement as exhibition space as well. Check their hours and make sure to take in their ~6 week rotating exhibits.

Chaiwali Closing

Very sad news. The innovative Indian restaurant Chaiwali on Lenox/124 is closing.

Chef Anita Trehan writes:

I Love Chaiwali, 

And to love is to hold on.  

Truly I have done everything that I could do to keep it going but I am writing with the sad news that we are no longer able to stay open since I find that for several weeks now, we are not meeting our expenses. 

To set up this restaurant it took substantial personal investment, sweat and tears, today it is recognized as a jewel. Many of you know that I am the sole investor, owner, and Chef of Chaiwali, a hard job but one that gave me great joy, from innovating “My Indian” food and drinks, creating a beautiful setting, working to create a harmonious team and genuinely nourishing customers with loving food and caring about their health and well-being. 

This has not been enough.  

I am not sure what the reason for reduced customer traffic is; we keep hoping that every week it will be better, but it’s not. I have been told that we are still in a Covid related lag or that there are not enough businesses in the area to support my kind of cuisine, or other reasons?  

It’s hard to put these words in writing. I am hoping that Chaiwali is not gone forever and that this is a hard RESET, but in all honesty, it is too early to focus on next steps. I am grateful for your support and your love, and I hope our friendship and respect for each other will continue in a new journey. Finally, I do not have enough words for the strong foundation and rock that Natalie and my team has been for me, without her and them I would not have gotten this far. Our last day will be December 12th, and if you are in the neighborhood stop by before that and be on the lookout for a later date to be posted for our “yard sale” as we clear out our inventory closets. 

In peace and love and gratitude. 

Anita, Chef/Owner 

Chaiwali 

Harlem 

Painting Mystery

Looking at this painting you’d never guess it was from the Harlem Renaissance artist/designer Aaron Douglas:

This undated painting is said to be of Harlem, but Ephemeral New York, hasn’t been able to figure out where in Harlem (on the Hudson, or on the Harlem Rivers) it was based:

At an unknown date, he also painted this moody landscape of Harlem. In a departure from his better-known work, Douglas depicts a row of dramatic buildings high on a hillside, the riverfront dotted with modest dwellings below.

But where exactly is this scene?

Douglas and his wife lived at 409 Edgecombe Avenue, a 13-story apartment house in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem with a commanding view of the Harlem River Valley, according to a 1994 article by Christopher Gray in the New York Times. Other elite tenants included Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B. DuBois, and Walter White.

Though none of the hillside buildings in the painting resemble number 409, I wonder if this scene isn’t farther north on Edgecombe (officially in Washington Heights), where the avenue overlooks Coogan’s Bluff and the Polo Ground Towers, former home of the Polo Grounds.

The topography there is steep and thick with trees. Then again, this could be West Harlem overlooking an entirely different river, the Hudson.

You can go to their comments section to see what others have suggested, and perhaps even offer your own thoughts.

The painting “A View of Harlem” was sold by Sotheby’s in 2007:

https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/aaron-douglas-1899-1979-a-view-of-harlem-oil-on-c-190-c-i1coff57m4#

Jordan Casteel

Run, don’t walk, to see Jordan Casteel at The New Museum before the show closes on January 3rd.

https://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/jordan-casteel-within-reach

You’ll see familiar, Harlem faces, and locations on large canvases that take up an entire floor.

Aaron Douglas

The esteemed Harlem Renaissance painter Aaron Douglas has two of his amazing works up at the Whitney Museum.

These large 5′ square works are signature examples of his mature style – one that you might recognize if you visit the Schomburg which owns a number of his pieces.

To learn more about Aaron Douglas, see:

https://www.nga.gov/collection/artist-info.38654.html

And to visit the Whitney, see:

https://whitney.org/visit

NYC’s Open Storefront Program

The Open Storefronts program is available October 30 to December 31, 2020. 
The Open Storefronts program assists existing ground-floor storefront businesses who want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis.  The program allows eligible businesses to conduct activity on sidewalks, on roadways in the Open Streets: Restaurants program, or a combination of both.  To learn about siting requirements for storefronts and sidewalks, who is eligible and FAQ CLICK HERE