Harlem Lanes, Harlem’s only bowling alley and the neighborhood’s first since Lenox Lanes closed in the 1980s, closed earlier this year because of financial difficulties.
Once considered a part of the most recent Harlem renaissance, Hue-Man Bookstore and Café recently closed it’s doors after 10 years citing rising rent.
Lenox Lounge, one of the most famed historical restaurants in Harlem, recently announced they’ll be closing their doors at the end of the year, after seeing their rent double.
Mobay Uptown Restaurant and Barbecue recently closed it’s doors after a decade of business.
Sheron Chin Barnes, the owner, said the rent on her 1,000-square-foot space has gone up by 35%, thanks to the neighborhood’s gentrification.
Bobby’s Happy House which opened in 1946, closed in 2007 after the building where it was located was sold to a development partnership. It’s owner, Bobby Robinson, was widely believed to be the first black business owner on 125th Street.