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555 Edgecombe Avenue

Five-fifty-five Edgecombe Avenue, 409’s sister building, sits five blocks to the north, on the corner of 160th Street and Edgecombe, which was recently co-named Paul Robeson Boulevard/Count Basie Place to honor just two of the building’s many famous residents: If one wanted to add the names of other notable denizens to this signpost, one would very quickly run out of space, because many African-American achievers in sociology, psychology, medicine, music, sports, and theater lived here. Just as one would run out of space down at 409.


The building is listed on the National Historic Register as Paul Robeson’s residence and is a national landmark.


Some of 555’s Previous Residents

Alexa Birdsong, co-founder, Jazz at Lincoln Center; concert producer

Bessie Buchannan, first African-American woman member of the New York State Assembly

Coleman Hawkins, Musician

Sandy Summers Head, first African-American editor at Harper's Bazaar

Johnnie Hodges, Musician

Jack Geiger, MD, founder, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Tulani Kinard, Vocalist with Sweet Honey in the Rock

Andy Kirk, Musician

Canada Lee, actor; activist

Joe Louis, world heavyweight champion

Alphonso Mizell and Larry Mizell, music producers

Rose Morgan, beauty culture entrepreneur

Snub Mosley, musician

Eslanda Goode Robeson, scientist; anthropologist; activist

555 Edgecombe Ave.