The Hope Diamond of Harlem: Sugar Ray Robinson

The New York Times recently published a piece on Sugar Ray Robinson and his glory days in Harlem.  We thought it might be cool to look back over some Sugar Ray’s favorite places to hang out in Harlem. Here is an excerpt from The Times piece. Recognize any of the addresses?

There he Sugar Ray Lifewas, cruising in his custom flamingo-pink Cadillac, or jumping behind the bar to mix drinks for the luminaries in his nightclub, Sugar Ray’s, which became a staple of New York’s social scene.

There was 940 St. Nicholas Avenue, where Robinson rented his mother a spacious apartment after he won his first big purse, $6,000, in 1941.

There was the basement of the Salem Methodist Church (2190 Adam Clayton Powell Jr.) where Robinson learned to box after moving to Harlem from Detroit at age 11.

And there was the string of buildings Robinson bought at Seventh Avenue and 124th Street where he opened Sugar Ray’s, which attracted celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Nat King Cole and Elizabeth Taylor.

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