Too long without a Harlem post?
Looking through some of my old pictures, I spotted one that I can’t believe I didn’t include. Hey, in this case it gets its own post.
In my second visit to Harlem, I was just wandering around Lenox Avenue and spotted an awning with the world’s strangest slogan.
“Where beauty softens your grief.” The first time I saw it, I was stunned at the temerity of a place that would invite people in to prepare them to look their best at a funeral. I thought it was a beauty parlor catering to the mourners. Instead, it’s a beauty parlor catering to the dead. Well, not quite just a beauty parlor.
Yes, folks. It’s for a funeral home. Actually, Owens Funeral Home at 121st and Lenox Ave. I’m told it’s Harlem’s busiest. Apparently they specialize in…putting the best face on a tragedy. It’s just too weird. You can google them and get some extra weirdness. There are actually books put out showing their handiwork. Just too weird.
Welcome to NYC.