Thursday, January 14, 2010

Harlem Crossroads


This shuttered thrift store is a remnant of old Harlem. Just a few years ago Harlem was rough and tumble. Now its gorgeous brownstones and impressive churches have been renovated and are attracting new tenants of all kinds. Still, I miss the gritty storefronts of the old Harlem.

14 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

Wow. It looks like it was transported to Harlem from Detroit, the mother lode of urban wasteland.

Chuck Pefley said...

From a photographer's point of view I can see the appeal. But from a resident's perspective I'm sure the change is welcome.

Laurie said...

This is such a great shot. I'm sure I wouldn't recognize Harlem.

RuneE said...

It seems this one misses you too - though the photo misses nothing.

Adam said...

No need for thrift stores there anymore then!

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

It somehow makes me think of a pieced quilt. You do take these (storefront photos) with an affectionate eye.
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altadenahiker said...

Thrift Shop ... and Things? Wonder what that means. Meant.

Daryl said...

Cool catch, Ken

Goggla said...

I love that sign, especially the "& Things" part. Nice gritty dilapidation.

EV Grieve said...

I'm with Goggla... Wonder how long ago this place closed...

Birdman said...

It's almost like a time machine shot. I like it.

Carolyn said...

A good thrift shop is a pleasure to hunt in. Seems like they are dying out everywhere. Hopefully the new tenant (and there will be one since the area is gentrifying) will keep the old sign. Thanks for preserving the memory.

Julie said...

Love this photograph. True grit.

Petrea said...

I don't know why I'm so attracted to entropy. I wouldn't want my house to look like this. But this is the kind of stuff I love to photograph. Wonderful colors, wonderful shot.