Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Harlem's Lenox Lounge

Lenox Lounge is a long-standing bar in Harlem, New York City. It was founded in 1939 and served as venue for performances by many great jazz artists, including Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. Harlem Renaissance writers James Baldwin and Langston Hughes were both patrons, as was Malcolm X. The Lenox Lounge featured as the hang-out of Detective John Shaft in the 2000 remake of the film Shaft. Both the exterior facade and interior of Lenox Lounge were featured in the film American Gangster. In one scene Denzel Washington's character, Frank Lucas, meets with Nicky Barnes, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., in the renowned Zebra Room at the Lenox Lounge. Lenox Lounge has also been featured in AMC's Mad Men.

34 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Great facade. Love the light in the image.

Lily Hydrangea said...

a beautiful building, love this.

G.~ said...

It seems I may have been there in a past life. ;)
Greenwich Village may be my new favorite place.

James said...

I love the building and the history. I once sat in the seat where the original Shaft sat in the movie. It was at Caffe Reggio, on MacDougal St. I had a cappuccino and a cannoli while I played his theme song in my mind. It was surprisingly entertaining.
Then I walked over and smelled the beans at the Puerto Rico Coffee Co. I think I need to head out to nyc soon. :)

Adam said...

What a great looking place. Has the inside changed much from 1939?

Kitty said...

very cool facade. I didn't know it was in Mad Men. I'll have to look out for it.

Love the sign. I'm always shocked that no one has climbed up and stolen the letters. The 'E's are pretty nifty.

altadenahiker said...

That's an illustrious pedigree

Melanie said...

Great photo...I have been here--it's a great old timey place with great music.

Chuck Pefley said...

70 years is a huge milestone for a restaurant! I'm certain they've lasted this long because of the bright red exterior! -:)))

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

Do they still have music?

Daryl said...

Nice ... and I am back on the streets of NYC .. LOL

Dave said...

A welcoming-looking place Ken. I wonder, how's the food? - Dave

Rob said...

What I would give to listen to the greats; Billie Holliday, Miles, and Coltrane here.

Virginia said...

KM,
I AM SO COMING TO NYC and you and I are going to each and every bar/diner/dive you have ever mentioned. Count on it.
V

Louis la Vache said...

You've got a great talent for finding these great looking building fronts! Keep it up!

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Love the deco neon and the way your photo makes it look like it is leaping at you! I'll watch for it in movies - thanks for letting us-all breathe the air there.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great photo!

Paul Gianakos said...

That's the look of the NYC I remember as a kid. Very cool, homegrown and human in scale. Looks wonderful at night. Long live the Lenox Lounge

Matthew Lusk said...

Like most old bars in Harlem, they present bottled beers to you with a bar napkin stuck in the neck.

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