Montage of scenes showing West 125th Street and vicinity in Harlem, New York City
New York City USA Date:1964, January 29 Duration:2 min 56 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Bus moving on 125th Street in Harlem, New York City, passes the Apollo theater. The theater marquee advertises Gloria Lynne, and the Jimmy Smith trio. The street is wet and parked cars along the curb show a dusting of snow. Up the street, the Loew's theater can be seen. Traffic in both directions on the street, including a large truck, and a small wheel loader construction machine. Closeup of the Apollo marquee, with illuminated lights circling its base. Poster at the entrance, with photograph of Gloria Lynne, and other featured acts. Beside the headliners, the poster mentions "The Wanderers," and "Kenny & Warren," and "Symphony Sid," who are pictured in the poster. Camera pans over the marquee area. Pedestrians walk past. Scene shifts to nearby Playland arcade. Coin-operated rides for children are shown near the entrance,including mechanical horse, automobile (dusted with snow), and helicopter rides. A Neon sign reads "Playland Admission Free. Shooting Gallery." Many cars drive on the street and pedestrians make their way across the street, between them, in the middle of the block. A bowling alley, named "Harlem Lanes," is advertised by a marquee that also touts a cocktail lounge, bar, and restaurant. A restaurant called "Palm Cafe," is seen, and above it a sign in office window reading "Beneficial Finance Loans." A street-level window advertises "Rudy Williams and his Rocking Combo." A Pawn shop advertises "Rhode Loans, Cash in a flash." Club Lido has a snow covered awning extended across the sidewalk and a sign above reading,""Lido Bar & Grill." View of the Reverend Oberia D. Dempsey's House of Hope and Upper Park Avenue Baptist Church on 125th Street. The main church entrance with schedule of services posted beside it. Camera focuses on the House of Hope sign, with messages calling for protection of women and children from the "Dreadful Narcotic Racket, and to rid Harlem from crime misery and fear. It also refers to the House of Hope as a Half-way-house and Rehabilitation Center for drug addicts coming from hospitals and other institutions. Sign cites Rev.O.D.Dempsey as Director, and Assemblyman Lloyd E. Dickens, as chairman, and appeals for support in their $100 thousand campaign. Another sign advertises the Mississippi Alabama Southern Relief Committee seeking to provide food, money, and clothing for the thousands of homeless and destitute.
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