Anthony (Tony) Ravielli (1 Jul 1916–9 Jan 1997) was born in Italian Harlem. He attended the Textile High School, taught himself anatomy by volunteering at the Bellvue Hospital morgue, and later studied at the Cooper Union and Art Students League. He began his career as a portrait painter, went into advertising, and by the early 1950s had become an author and freelance illustrator. By this time he had mastered what would become his signature medium–the scratchboard (or scraperboard, if your British). His spare, elegant, and remarkably accurate illustrations still stand today as some of the best examples of the medium.
But Ravielli would be forever linked with golf, a sport especially in need of instruction. In 1957 Hogan approached Ravielli to illustrate a five part series titled the “The Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” The result, which was quickly turned into a book, would become, perhaps, the most important book on golf instruction ever written. Despite 50 years of changes to the game it is still in print, and still a bestseller.
Camilo Jose Vergara’s photojournalistic approach to chronicling East Harlem/Spanish Harlem.
Morrone Bakery was located at 324 East 116th Street in East Harlem. It was renowned for it’s delicious variety of Italian, French and Semolina bread. I once bought a loaf of olive bread, and, believe me, it was fabulous!
Gabriele and Rosa Morrone opened the bakery in 1965, and until August 19th 2007, they made traditional Italian hand-made breads. This small, neighborhood “mom and pop” bakery, offered an inviting atmosphere, with Rosa Morrone still behind the counter, selling the breads herself. My great Aunt Columbia Altieri was friends with Rosa. I remember her telling me that the bakery was going to close. Very sad indeed!
Copy and paste the link below, to read a New York Times article, from September of 2007, discussing Morrone’s Bakery closing. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/nyregion/18bakery.html
Can you spot the East Harlem storefronts?(Albeit long gone.) Bet some of you can! Have fun!
Remember when? Now, it’s a Dunkin’ Donuts. Go figure! Pretty soon, every remnant of the old neighborhood will be put to rest. That’s a crying shame!
Holy Rosary, located at 444 East 119th Street in East Harlem, was my family’s parish church from 1950-1967. I stumbled upon their flickr photostream today, and thought I should share it with my readers. When my older sisters were active with the CYO, they often spoke about Father Bob. Does anyone remember him? I think I have a photo of him somewhere in my archives.