Old photos of the new neighborhood

Mr. Dixon [Dickson] and his wife on bicycles and their son on a tricycle on Lenox Avenue near 128th Street, New York.

Mr. Dixon [Dickson] and his wife on bicycles and their son on a tricycle
on Lenox Avenue near 128th Street, New York. Byron Company, 1896.

Harlem has a rich and meaningful history that I don’t yet know enough about. I feel it when I walk down the street or look out the window, more than I do in any other neighborhood of New York City, like the past is still breathing.

Harlem Street II. Berenice Abbott, June 14, 1938.

Harlem Street II. Berenice Abbott, June 14, 1938.

Maybe I have Dutch ancestors who lived here. Maybe it’s just my American heart. But so much about Harlem feels important.

138th Street and Lenox Avenue, Brown Brothers, ca. 1947

138th Street and Lenox Avenue, Brown Brothers, ca. 1947

These photos are part of the Museum of the City of New York’s photography collection, which I discovered via Harlem Bespoke. Looking through the photos, so much looks the same. Is this good or bad? Probably both and neither. Enjoy the photos and your visit to our home.

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