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AFineLyne

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.

07/21/14 10:30am
On a sunny day, owners & occupants can be seen sitting on the rocking chair porches

On a sunny day, owners & occupants can be seen sitting on the rocking chair porches

The historic Astor Row in Harlem dates back to land purchased by John Jacob Astor in 1844 for the sum of $10,000 on what is now 130th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue in Harlem. It wasn’t until 1880 though, through the efforts of his grandson William, that 28 semi-attached row houses began construction.

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07/17/14 10:00am
Source:  New York Historical Society

Source: New York Historical Society

Originally built in 1883-84, this Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival structure was designed by architects Lamb & Rich at a time when Harlem was a suburb and 81 East 125th Street was conveniently located next to a ground-level Metro Station.  The main floors were occupied by the Mount Morris Bank and Safe Deposit Company, with luxury apartments on the floors above.  The structure had three arched entrances.  One used for the apartments, one for the lower-level bank vault and a grand entrance to the main level of the bank.  In 1913, the Mount Morris Bank became a branch of the Corn Exchange Bank.

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07/10/14 12:00pm
After a six year renovation which concluded in 1999

After a six year renovation which concluded in 1999

With the seemingly countless proposed changes along the 125th Street corridor in Harlem, including the approved city rezoning plan, we thought we would take a look inside the elevated Metro North Station. There was a time, in 1844, when the New York Central and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (ancestors of today’s Metro North) ran at grade level along Park Avenue in Harlem.

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07/09/14 2:00pm
Chez Lucienne 308 Lenox Avenue, just north of 125th Street

Chez Lucienne 308 Lenox Avenue, just north of 125th Street

It’s that time of year. Music in the parksfilms under the stars and lots of bar and restaurant crawls. Summer Sizzles on Lenox Avenue in Harlem is back for a second year next Tuesday with the $5 cocktail and appetizer special and an impressive lineup of restaurants.  So if you haven’t been, here’s your chance to try a dozen of them – all at once. This is our illustrated guide to what to see on the Summer Sizzles crawl in Harlem!

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07/08/14 12:00pm

Holey Donuts! is on the corner of Grove St and 7th Avenue South

We love our sweets here at Untapped Cities, particularly when it’s in a quirky location. You will remember how taken we were with that automated cupcake machine, or our roundup of the top 8 “indie” donut shops in NYC. Today this stopped us in our tracks.  Holey Donuts! are said to be great tasting without the fat, calories or guilt.

A regular donut can have as much as 15-35 grams of fat and have a calorie count north of 400.  But at Holey Donuts! they are talking more like 3-5 grams of fat due to a patented cooking process that avoids deep frying, and calories ranging from 170 to 280.  Up to now, they could only be purchased online and delivered by express mail.  But they are now venturing into the retail shop arena.

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06/23/14 9:00am
Maysles Cinema located at 343 Lenox Avenue in Harlem

Maysles Cinema located at 343 Lenox Avenue in Harlem

Much has been written about the changing face of Harlem in sweeping generalities, often using the word gentrification.  But when you put a magnifying glass on the map, you begin to see that the changing face of Harlem has many faces – specific faces of talented people who share their passions.  At the top of the list is Albert Maysles, director of Grey Gardens whose passion is Documentary Film Making and his gift to Harlem is The Maysles Documentary Center.

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