Tony the Tour Guy's Blog

A not very regular series of posts on New York City history, historic preservation, genealogy and related themes.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Uggggh! Queens Crap Blog Gives Preservationists a Bad Name

Much has been written in the "Blogosphere" about the Queens Crap blog, supposedly dedicated to tackling the issue of overdevelopment in that borough. Take a look. Such a beautiful logo. The guy(s) who run that site are VERY angry, and they are obviously xenophobic. Note the references to the Chinese, always in a negative light.

Oh, they'll deny it, but just listen to their rants. We don't need people like these poisoning the historic preservation movement in this town.


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Strivers' Row is well worth seeing

My camera phone does not do these great buildings justice.

Located on 138th and 139th Streets between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglas (that's 7th and 8th Avenues for those of you unfamiliar with Harlem) Strivers' Row remains a beautiful example of late 19th Century architecture, as well as a vital part of the community's history.

Served by private rear alleys (note the "Walk your horses" sign) these rowhouses are not brownstones, but are instead mostly faced with the smooth brick which you'll also find on Park Slope homes from the same era. If you want to see Harlem brownstones there are plenty of other blocks, mostly further south, which offer great examples of Neo-Grec, Queen Anne and other late 19th Century styles.