A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from October 06, 2005
Fish Building (1150 Grand Concourse)
The "Fish Building" the the Art Deco building with the aquarium mosaic at 1150 Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

One of the most interesting -- and beloved -- apartment buildings on the Concourse is the "Fish Building" (1150 Grand Concourse), so called because of the aquarium mosaic flanking the entrance to the building. Interesting also is that the building wing corners are sharp on the left, but rounded on the right of each wing. The diagonally inset windows are also very unique. All these architectural details were included in the building so as to provide the building residents the very latest in fashionable design ideas. Clearly, if you lived in the Fish Building, you were living in grand style!

August 19th, 2003, 07:59 PM
It's nicknamed the Fish Building. The modern building on the left of the previous photo is the Bronx Housing Court, by Vinoly.

This is a real treat. Thanks. What do you think of the area?
September 18, 2003
Concourse Gets Used to Commerce


Signs advertise ground-floor businesses along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx where stores and medical clinics began cropping up in the 1980's.

For the Depression-weary strivers who moved there in the 1940's and 50's, the Grand Concourse was the Champs-Élysées of the Bronx, a broad boulevard of stylishly sedate Art Deco apartment buildings that filled their craving for modest touches of class like sunken living rooms.

Those residents are long gone; their exodus during the 1960's and 70's set off a deep slump, marked by gnawing crime and even some abandoned buildings. The avenue has come back in the past decade or so, its apartments bustling with a new generation of immigrants and other strivers who appreciate the lingering, if tattered, touches of elegance.

But the revival has exacted a price: the decorous look of a residential street.

Today crime is down from the early 1990's. But the commercialization of the avenue has proceeded and is particularly noticeable on the boulevard's two gems: the Lewis Morris and a smaller cream-brick Art Deco structure at 1150 Grand Concourse that was known as "the fish building" for the tropical mosaic flanking its doorway.

Here's the famous "fish" building on the Grand Concourse, with its beautiful tiled facade.
--Submitted by Ira ("Ears")

See an egg cream being made at a local candy store, a Kitchen Sink at Jahn's. The twinkling, star-lit balcony at The Paradise, the trolley, IRT, IND moving through the neighborhoods of Arthur Avenue's "Little Italy," Crotona, Claremont and Pelham Bay Park. The Fish Building along the majestic Grand Concourse. You'll even see footage at Freedomland dating to 1961..

Posted by Barry Popik
Buildings/Housing/Parks • Thursday, October 06, 2005 • Permalink

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