Lynn was born and raised in New York before venturing off to Los Angeles in the late 60's and 70's and Coconut Grove Florida in the 90's, until her full time return to New York in 2007. She resides in Harlem, working as an artist and selling her poster maps and original watercolors in many of the shops in both Greenwich Village and Harlem. You can follow her paintbrush on Facebook at Greenwich Village Sketches and Harlem Sketches or on her website www.afinelyne.com and on Twitter.
Now that the renovation is complete, we thought we would go back and take a look at the finished project. As it turned out, it was a very busy day for them. They were moving their entire permanent collection back into the building. (more…)
Clever, architectural hats at the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade
It started as an Easter Sunday Church Event in the middle of the 1800s, but the New York City Fifth Avenue Easter Parade has evolved to be one of the most glamorous and over-the-top events of the year. Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic from 47th Street to 57th Street and fashionistas, men & women of every age—and their pets—strut their stuff. As architecture buffs, we were on the lookout for the most unique (and sculptural) outfits!
It was with great sadness that Harlem watched as its famed Lenox Lounge got shuttered on December 31, 2012. The property located at 288 Lenox Avenue has been closed since then, stripped of its iconic interior and art deco doors and padlocked. It has been waiting to undergo a transformation by a new tenant hoping to breath life back into a space where Miles Davis and John Coltrane played, Billie Holiday sang, and the likes of James Baldwin and Langston Hughes graced those tables during the Harlem Renaissance. This week we finally saw some activity and we were fortunate enough to be able to take a peek.
Every day, talented people come to New York City, suitcase in hand, hoping to make it on Broadway. But sometimes that dream takes more then a day or a month or two. Enter Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where those with talent and stardust in their eyes have a way to pay their rent on their way to the top—and sharpen their skills along the way. (more…)
The Urban Garden Center opening weekend of April 5th after the explosion in East Harlem
New Yorkers love their markets. They pop up in every borough in every form, from the greenmarkets to the flea markets, and they are a large part of our history. Last June, Untapped Cities wrote of a market that celebrated East Harlem’s past. Located under the overhead tracks and running from 111th Street to 117th Street along Park Avenue, La Marqueta, Flea Marqueta and The Urban Garden Center have brought back the spirit of Fiorello LaGuardia’s original 1936 plan conceived as an informal gathering place–a place for pushcart vendors and other merchants to sell their produce. Unfortunately the market slowly declined in the 1970′s and several attempts to bring it back failed. (more…)