123 and Broadway

Looking at the photo above it’s hard to imagine that this is Harlem – 123rd Street and Broadway – even if it was taken in 1895. The photo was taken by Robert Bracklow (1849-1919) and shows street car tracks (look in the bottom left) which means that this would be Broadway, vs. the street running up to the right in the photo that must be 123rd Street.

Note the lamp post – rather short, but a nice cast iron item. The trees, on the left-hand side help us orient as well. The shadows are on the left, thus north. Going to the left would take you further uptown, and going to the right on Broadway would take you towards Columbia University and beyond.

In a second photo taken at the same session, Bracklow shows us not only the rural looking wooden home and driveway, it also takes in some brownstone row houses on 125th street (at least the back of them):

Here you can more clearly see the street car/trolly tracks on Broadway, as well as the cobbles that surfaced this major thoroughfare.

The wooden home is represented here in yellow:

From the blog Stuff Nobody Cares About: https://stuffnobodycaresabout.com/2020/06/26/home-on-the-range/

The hill, behind the wooden home, is where Morningside Gardens now stands. Note, however, that there is an outhouse, seemingly at the top of the driveway, between the home and the hill, behind.

For a view of the same corner, today, see below:

As Seen on 3rd Avenue

A Wooden Harlem House

Ephemeral New York had a great article about a small, two-story wooden home on West 124th Street, here in Harlem.

Today the location is the back of Whole Foods (essentially their loading dock) :

But in the 19th century (and into the early 20th century) a small wooden home with a charming Victorian porch held the address 109 West 124th Street:

Ephemeral New York estimates it was built in the 1850’s. By 1887 it was sold for $10,000.

The house was briefly the location of an art school called the Lenox Art Academy. Several newspaper references in the early 1900s note the classes the school offered and gallery exhibitions.

To read the full article, see:

Early Voting Ends Today


If you want to vote early, today’s your day. Make sure to check your early polling place as this frequently differs from your normal election day site.

If you have time on Tuesday to volunteer, many campaigns are looking for people to hand out literature, rally support, or wave signs.

Yesterday, the Kristin Jordan team noted that any/all help would be appreciated on Tuesday at 134th and Lenox. But whatever candidate/s you support would likely love to have a few extra hands, so please reach out to their campaigns and help get Harlem to the polls.