2. Lenox Lounge: Malcolm X Boulevard near West 124th Street, Harlem, 2004

Lenox Lounge
All photos by James and Karla Murray

Lenox Lounge, the iconic jazz club in Harlem where legends including Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis performed was in business from 1939 until 2012. The story behind its closure is truly one of the saddest. Owner, Alvin Reed was forced to close after a rent increase of $10,000, bringing the rent price to $20,000 a month.