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During Prohibition, Harlem Night Clubs Kept the Party Going | National Geographic

During Prohibition, Harlem Night Clubs Kept the Party Going | National Geographic

A witty 1932 cartoon map shows where to find famous musicians, gambling policemen, and a guy selling marijuana. By Greg Miller Prohibition may have put a damper on alcohol sales in much of the United States in the 1920s and early ’30s, but it didn’t stop the party up in Harlem. The map above, created […]


A Young Black Girl’s View Of Harlem At The Height Of The Great Migration | The New Yorker

A Young Black Girl's View Of Harlem At The Height Of The Great Migration | The New Yorker

By Emily Raboteau Mildred Harris was born in South Carolina in 1926. She moved to Harlem as a baby, when her parents, Eddie and Jessie Mae Harris, joined the wave of African-Americans fleeing the South as part of the Great Migration. Mildred and her siblings—there would eventually be eight children altogether—grew up moving from building […]


Time Travel Tuesdays: A Curbside Sermon From Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker | NY Times

Time Travel Tuesdays: A Curbside Sermon From Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker | NY Times

The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker served as chief of staff for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1960 to 1964 and spent nearly four decades as the pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, in Harlem. In this photo, from April 5, 1970, he is taking his message to the streets. Although it […]


Meet Willie Morgan – the man who grows cotton in Harlem to teach kids about slavery | The Independent

Meet Willie Morgan – the man who grows cotton in Harlem to teach kids about slavery  | The Independent

BY Andrew Buncombe (@AndrewBuncombe) The soil in Willie Morgan’s Harlem gardening plot is nothing compared to that back home in his native Georgia. But it is fertile enough for him to grow more than a dozen vegetables – collard greens and okra, onions and stevia. To one side, he even has a peach tree that in […]


The story behind the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photo | NY Daily News

The story behind the iconic "A Great Day in Harlem" photo | NY Daily News

BY SARAH GOODYEAR A recurring series on iconic scenes from the city’s storied culture. The year was 1999, and Noella Cotto was just looking for a place in Harlem to call her own. When she finally found the perfect place — a brownstone, in decent shape, at 17 E. 126th Street — she had no […]


The Old Nagle Cemetery | My Inwood

The Old Nagle Cemetery | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson In mid-17th century Jan Nagle and Jan Dyckman traveled to the New World and settled in northern Manhattan. For more than two centuries the families farmed the land, raised cattle, planted orchards, built bridges and homes and even intermarried. And while Dyckman is a familiar Inwood name, largely thanks to the preservation […]


Harlem Church Where Malcolm X Was Eulogized Faces Its Own Final Days | NY Times

Harlem Church Where Malcolm X Was Eulogized Faces Its Own Final Days | NY Times

Building Blocks By DAVID W. DUNLAP “Here — at this final hour, in this quiet place — Harlem has come to bid farewell to one of its brightest hopes — extinguished now, and gone from us forever,” the actor Ossie Davis said on Feb. 27, 1965, over the coffin of Malcolm X, a transcendent lightning […]


When Castro Came to Harlem | New Republic

When Castro Came to Harlem | New Republic

By Steven Cohen On September 18, 1960, four months before the U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba and 56 years before Barack Obama would become the first sitting American president in almost a century to step foot on Cuban soil, Fidel Castro arrived in New York City for the 15th session of the United Nations […]


Flashback: Harlem Chic | The New Yorker

Flashback: Harlem Chic | The New Yorker

By Kelefa Sanneh In 1987, a streetwise d.j. from Queens named Eric Barrier released an album with an eerily mature teen-age rapper from Long Island named William Griffin. They called themselves Eric B. & Rakim (Griffin had adopted an Arabic name after joining an offshoot of the Nation of Islam), and they called the album […]


From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem | NY Times

From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem | NY Times

By James Estrin On Aug. 8, 1966, The New York Times ran an article about how many Harlem residents wished more white people would visit to see for themselves their community’s reality. The article, by McCandlish Phillips, detailed in an almost anthropological way the Harlem of 1966 to Times readers. “A curtain of fear, about […]


Harlem Nights – An annotated map of the hippest, hottest nightspots in uptown jazz-age New York | Intelligent Life magazine

Harlem Nights - An annotated map of the hippest, hottest nightspots in uptown jazz-age New York | Intelligent Life magazine

BY Charlie McCann If New York is the city that never sleeps, then this map shows you where it used to go to stay awake. It was published on January 18th 1933, in the first issue of Manhattan: A Weekly for Wakeful New Yorkers. In those days, Harlem was known by its jive-talking denizens as […]


2/6/2016: Black History Month Docent Tour @ Morris Jumel Mansion

2/6/2016: Black History Month Docent Tour @ Morris Jumel Mansion

Morris-Jumel Mansion (65 Jumel Terrace) Saturday, February 6, 2016 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Take a guided, in-depth tour of Manhattan’s oldest house, led by one of Morris Jumel Mansion’s expert docents, Gregory Washington. Today’s tour will highlight the history of African-Americans at the Mansion and surrounding neighborhood. Take a guided, in-depth tour of Manhattan’s oldest house, […]


The NYC That Never Was: The “Monument to Democracy” With a 100-foot Tall Rainbow Arch by the Founder of The Cloisters | Untapped Cities

The NYC That Never Was: The “Monument to Democracy” With a 100-foot Tall Rainbow Arch by the Founder of The Cloisters | Untapped Cities

by jeff reuben If the proposed Monument to Democracy, a peace memorial honoring the dead of the First World War, had been built in the Washington Heights section of New York City, it would have been a massive complex with more than 50 statues and an arch taller than the ones in Washington Square Park and […]


Evidence of Burial Ground Is Discovered in East Harlem | NY Times

Evidence of Burial Ground Is Discovered in East Harlem | NY Times

By DAVID W. DUNLAP For nearly a decade, keepers of Harlem’s historical flame have insisted — in the face of official skepticism — that a significant antebellum landmark lay beneath an enormous bus depot near the Harlem River. They had plenty of documents to show that the 126th Street Bus Depot in Upper Manhattan occupied […]


Walking the Walk in Hamilton’s Old Stomping Grounds | NY Times

Walking the Walk in Hamilton’s Old Stomping Grounds | NY Times

By HELENE STAPINSKI Jimmy Napoli is not throwing away his shot. For the past 20 years, this guide and Alexander Hamilton expert has been leading tourists and residents through the streets of New York City, telling them stories of the Revolutionary War and its heroes. Now that Hamilton is the star of a hit Broadway […]


Uptown Video: My Washington Heights – A Guided Tour

Uptown Video: My Washington Heights - A Guided Tour

The good folks at Brick Underground TV take you on a guided tour of Washington Heights with lifelong Washington Heights resident Dennis Golin as the funny and knowledgeable tour guide. From the United Palace, to the Cloisters, to the Shabazz Center and many places in between, the video does a stand up job of properly […]


Exploring Harlem’s Forgotten Little Jerusalem | Haaretz

Exploring Harlem’s Forgotten Little Jerusalem | Haaretz

BY Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt Walk along Lenox Avenue in the heart of Harlem on a Sunday morning, pass the Mt. Olivet Church and you’ll hear the gospel choir singing passionately, worshippers and gospel-lovers streaming into the church in their Sunday best. But look up, toward the top of the towering Grecian columns, and you’ll find Stars […]


A Push to Preserve the Cultural Legacy of Harlem’s Sugar Hill | NY Times

A Push to Preserve the Cultural Legacy of Harlem’s Sugar Hill | NY Times

By DAVID GONZALEZ Morning sunlight filled Karen D. Taylor’s apartment, casting a warm glow on the books and artwork lining the dining room. Here, perched high along the bluffs in Harlem’s Sugar Hill, she invoked the names of prominent African-Americans who made her imposing building, 555 Edgecombe Avenue, the address of choice decades ago: Paul […]


Tulip Tree of Old Inwood | My Inwood

Tulip Tree of Old Inwood | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson Before Inwood Hill Park, before there even was an Inwood, a mighty Tulip grew in the forest. In a new city lacking a sense of anything from antiquity, New Yorkers latched onto a tree. The giant tulip of Inwood became a popular destination for picnickers, school children and hikers looking to escape […]


Inwood’s Forgotten Slave Cemetery | My Inwood

Inwood’s Forgotten Slave Cemetery | My Inwood

By Cole Thompson In March of 1903 workmen in the Inwood section of northern Manhattan made a startling discovery. On a hilltop, near the present intersection of 212th Street and Tenth Avenue, were discovered row after row of skeletons buried beneath crude stone markers. According to local lore the hill contained an old slave cemetery […]


Gordon Parks’s Harlem Argument | NY Times

Gordon Parks's Harlem Argument | NY Times

By Maurice Berger Fresh from assignments at Vogue and Glamour in 1948, Gordon Parks appeared one morning at Life’s New York headquarters, determined to show his portfolio to Wilson Hicks, the magazine’s esteemed picture editor. Mr. Hicks was initially reluctant, but he warmed to Mr. Parks’s work and the story he pitched about the gang […]


Tracing 350 Years of Harlem’s Ever-Shifting Boundaries | Curbed NY

Tracing 350 Years of Harlem's Ever-Shifting Boundaries | Curbed NY

by Keith Williams Some neighborhood names appear to be jokes. Some have stuck around for centuries, despite changing connotations. Some shift with the winds of gentrification. Welcome to Blurred Lines, in which writer Keith Williams studies New York City’s changing neighborhood boundaries. Ask a handful New Yorkers to define the southern boundary of Harlem and […]


UPinion: How Small is the World – How Fleeting is Time….

UPinion: How Small is the World - How Fleeting is Time….

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) In May and June of 1944 approximately 424,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz. Most of them were murdered upon arrival. Among them were my great uncle, Zoltan Grunfeld, his wife Pepi Rusznak and their sons, Siju and Piki, both under the age of 15. Writing their names makes them seem […]


Time Travel: Shared Streets, Crossed Paths and a Death | NY Times

Time Travel: Shared Streets, Crossed Paths and a Death | NY Times

By DAVID GONZALEZ with JANE FRITSCH Published: July 12, 1992 The only thing Jose (Kiko) Garcia and Officer Michael O’Keefe had in common was the sweltering, buzzing sidewalks of Washington Heights, a world where drug-fueled lawlessness too often seems to touch the lives of good and bad alike. Mr. Garcia, an illegal alien who came […]

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