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Amused at a hustle proposed by a couple of young journalists we decided to fall for extending them a discount to stay in...
06/03/2017
What 15 essential NYC books can teach us about the city

Amused at a hustle proposed by a couple of young journalists we decided to fall for extending them a discount to stay in our rental apartment if they'd write about our neighborhood. This is what they came up with instead. https://ny.curbed.com/2017/6/2/15717030/washington-heights-kurt-thometz-new-york-books

Kurt Thometz—private library to Astors and curator of the Little Black Bookshop—selects work by Marlon James, Patti Smith, and more.

ghost bookshop
05/18/2017

ghost bookshop

07/31/2016
Jumel Terrace Garden Apartment.

Jumel Terrace Garden Apartment.

"Le logement est tout à fait conforme à la description, c'est un lieu très paisible au milieu des livres de Kurt. Le jardin est une bénédiction, surtout en été ! Kurt et Camilla ont été des hôtes fantastiques, toujours prêts à rendre service en cas de besoin et pleins de bons conseils sur le quartier et New York en général. L'appartement est tout équipé... Le quartier est sûr et agréable.. Il y a un supermarché à un bloc et le métro vous mène dans le centre de Manhattan en 30 minutes. Nous recommandons vraiment cet endroit, nous y retournerons volontiers !!!!" Emmanuel Masson.

Timeline Photos
06/25/2016

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
06/25/2016

Timeline Photos

07/18/2015

"Understanding how an unjust situation came about "is deeply therapeutic, he [Ta-Nehisi Coates] told them. "It will keep you from going crazy."

Once Upon A Time.
07/18/2015
Confidence Men, Feb. Jumel Terrace Books, 2005

Once Upon A Time.

I've always wanted to write a Confidence Man story for thugs and the women who love them. A Mookie Jackson story. As I once wrote in a piece on the Ghetto Harlequin phenomenon, regards founding fa...

07/09/2015

"After the others had gotten their books signed and we'd visited around, we went to the elevator for the ride to the ground floor. Harper Lee stepped iin behind us, still bristling with energy and fun.
She caught sight of Meredith's stylish heels, a new purchase for this special day. "Those are pretty," she said. "Thank you" "How do you walk in them, though! Aren't they uncomfortable?" "Yes, ma'am." "Well, if you want, just take 'em off." NYT. Harper Lee, My Daughter and Me. Roy Hoffman.

British friends take note.  A must see.  Hoping there's a catalog.
07/07/2015
Exhibition opening reception | Autograph ABP

British friends take note. A must see. Hoping there's a catalog.

Autograph ABP is a charity that works internationally in photography, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.

07/02/2015

"There's a chapel in the pines
Waiting for us, around the bend.
Picture in your mind
Love forever, but 'til then ...
Lightning & faulty wiring's striking again... See More

06/28/2015

If you can brave the humidity, you can shop JT Books until we drop. Coming soon.

06/18/2015

A very dark Juneteenth.

Announcement: Closing the shop. Open by appt. only.
06/16/2015
Announcement: Closing the shop. Open by appt. only.

Announcement: Closing the shop. Open by appt. only.

“Perhaps I may clarify the historical background of the present situation if I say that the first industrial revolution, the revolution of the “dark satanic mills,” was the devaluation of the human...

06/12/2015

Grieving Ornette Coleman. No words. Just the music in my head.

Too much time on the...
06/07/2015
Raymond R. Patterson.

Too much time on the...

Computer Blues – Raymond R. Patterson. Elemental Blues. 1984. I put my troubles in the computer To find out what’s troubling me. I say I put my troubles in the computer To see what’s the matter w...

Love me some Judy G.
06/07/2015
Judith Gleason on "The wild old Nigerian!"

Love me some Judy G.

Prefacing the Fawcett paperback, 1970. The title for Chinua Achebe’s first novel, Things Fall Apart, is taken from William Butrler Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming,” and the title for his second nov...

On Carmen Muñez: Washington Heights Conservationist
06/07/2015
On Carmen Muñez: Washington Heights Conservationist

On Carmen Muñez: Washington Heights Conservationist

I often tell people that nothing in Jumel Terrace Books' shrine was purchased but found on the local streets. While most of the pieces came to me with New Orleans' own Delaney Martin, nearly as ma...

Cables to the Ace
05/19/2015
Cables to the Ace

Cables to the Ace

Give me a cunning dollar that tells no lie Better informed Truth-telling twenties And fifties that understand I want to carry Cracking new money That knows and loves me And is my intimate all-looki...

Long missing from the internets:  Grand Guy Bruce Weber brought fash’ legend David Bailey about one afternoon, the hotte...
05/16/2015
A Harlem Poetry Lesson

Long missing from the internets: Grand Guy Bruce Weber brought fash’ legend David Bailey about one afternoon, the hottest day of the year 2013, to take pictures around the house with not-yet-on- the-market very yellow Nokia cell phone/cameras, a sort of commercial that ends up being an homage to local hero, Gil Scott Heron.
Needless to say, it was an honor and a privilege. We’ve Vreeland in common and had a lively reminiscence. I was always an admirer, as much of Bailey's masculine as photographic accomplishments: Jean Shrimpton (1961), Catherine Deneuve (married 1965), Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithful, Penelope Tree, Monica Vitti, Angelica Huston & Donyale Luna. David Hemmings plays him in Antonioni’s Blow Up. He photographed the Kray twins, the Rolling Stones when they were babies (cover, Out of Our Heads), the Beatles, Brian Epstein, the Who, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate and now, ta-da, piccolo mio.

“Well, it is like this,” he says, “I wanted to be Fred Astaire but I couldn’t, so I thought the next best thing was to be a fashion photographer. Being of humble beginnings it was quite difficult, but easier than I make out – being of humble beginnings.”

Likewise, I’m sure.

About 5:40 into this Bruce zeros in on Jumel Terrace Books and The Private Library

This is IT!  Hit the Heights.  This is IT! The Night of Nights! The Movie.  Our Woild Premiere.  Tomorrow.  6 pm.  Morri...
05/14/2015
The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry and Binding

This is IT! Hit the Heights. This is IT! The Night of Nights! The Movie. Our Woild Premiere. Tomorrow. 6 pm. Morris-Jumel Mansion. Your attendance is requested but if you can't make it, the DVD is on sale at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the Bookshop and on the internets at camillahuey.com

Designer and artist Camilla Huey’s documentary film presents a close-up view of the methods and processes used to put together her hit 2013 corsetry installation, also called The Loves of Aaron Burr. An artist discussion and reception will follow. Tickets are $25. Advanced registration is required.…

Only took them a couple of hundred years...
05/11/2015
France to cancel Haiti’s debt

Only took them a couple of hundred years...

President Francois Hollande announced today, during the official unveiling of the Memorial ACPe in Point-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe, that France will cancel all

05/11/2015
Rhythm & Blues Review (1955)

125th, 1955.

Musical variety show filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City featuring a cast of popular African-American performers: Willie Bryant, Freddie Ro...

As is unlikely to have escaped your attention, a film of Camilla's Morris-Jumel Mansion exhibition will be premiering th...
05/09/2015

As is unlikely to have escaped your attention, a film of Camilla's Morris-Jumel Mansion exhibition will be premiering this coming Thursday at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, which is also hosting the Yinka Shonibare, MBE exhibition you've been meaning to see. I can't say which is better as both strike me as the right stuff.

http://ift.tt/1AMCRkJ The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry and Binding film preview at Bard Graduate Center May 7. Film Premeire at Morris-Jumel Mansion May 14. www.camillahuey.com

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426 W 160th St
New York, NY
10032-5304

By Car – Up St. Nicholas Avenue to 160th Street, turn right one block or down Broadway to 160th, turn left to between St. Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenues. By Madison Ave. Bus – M2 to 160nd St & Edgecombe Avenue, M3 to 160th & St. Nicholas Avenue. By Subway – IND 8th Ave – A train to Harlem, Local, C train to 163rd St. Station, use south exit at 161st St. and walk one block south and one half block east. By I.R.T. Subway – Broadway 7th Ave. line (1) to 155th St. Station. Walk north to 160th St., then 2 blocks east.

General information

A scout, clerk & dealer in rare & out-of-print books since 1972, Kurt Thometz, d.b.a The Private Library, has provided bibliophilic services to some of the world’s most discerning readers since 1980. Located on the ground floor of a brownstone on Harlem’s Heights, Jumel Terrace Books specializes in Local History: the Art, Myth, & Literature of Colonial & Revolutionary Uptown New York & the Black Atlantic. Open by appointment, reservation, invitation or serendipity. You need to come here to browse but you needn’t leave. The bookshop fronts our Bed & Breakfast, a private Garden apartment with a full bath & kitchen that sleeps three. We accommodate parties of up to five for short term stays. Books Are Weapons is my redout on the War of Ideas and, as a kola, my book about books, Life Turns Man Up & Down: Highlife, Useful Advice & Mad English. “It Entertains More Than 2 Bottles of Beer.” (see http://www.kurtthometz.com for further fodder.

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