The Wishing Tree, Harlem, New York1937 by Aaron Siskind
The Wishing Tree,1937: Harlem's legendary Wishing Tree, bringer of good fortune, was once a tall elm that stood outside a theater at 132nd Street and Seventh Avenue. When it was cut down in 1934 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the celebrated tap dancer, moved the stump to a nearby block and planted a new Tree of Hope beside it to assume wish-granting duties. A piece of the original trunk is preserved in the Apollo Theater on 125th Street, where performers still touch it for luck before going onstage. (Aaron Siskind/The Jewish Museum/© Aaron Siskind Foundation/Courtesy Bruce Silverstein Gallery)
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