Harlem Fish Market, 1920’s

The photo looks west from Broadway with the arch of the I.R.T. in the background. The market is busy with men dressed in white uniforms on the sidewalk, horse-drawn carriage facing us and lit by a black elegant street lamp on the corner (where the Cotton Club sits today). Behind the Market sits two large apartment units on each side of the street, and looking thru each arch in the distance is the Hudson River. The road on both sides of the street is a mixture of cobblestone and asphalt.

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This picture above shows the close-up behind view of the Fish Market building looking northeast. The Fish Market and the apartments units was all torn down by Robert Moses 10 years later.

The buildings on this triangle stood here just east of “Old Broadway,” until at least 1931 (this is the date of the photo)


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