Posts Tagged ‘Uptown History’

Inside Sonny Rollins’s Jazz Archive, Headed Home to Harlem | NY Times

Inside Sonny Rollins’s Jazz Archive, Headed Home to Harlem | NY Times

By GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO The saxophonist Sonny Rollins, perhaps jazz’s most respected living improviser, is also one of its most relentless seekers. But that’s well known; what’s not as widely recognized is the diversity — and the depth — of his inquiry. Yes, there’s his herculean practice regimen (upward of eight hours a day, even into […]


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 […]


Jumel Terrace: A neighborhood with a connection to Hamilton—the man and the musical | Brick Underground

Jumel Terrace: A neighborhood with a connection to Hamilton—the man and the musical | Brick Underground

By Marjorie Cohen The Jumel Terrace Historic District is one the most interesting neighborhoods in upper Manhattan, and it happens to be full of history. That’s probably why Lin-Manuel Miranda chose the Morris-Jumel Mansion (for which the area is named) as a setting in which to write parts of his hit musical. That’s right, Tony-darling Miranda wrote two of his […]


Morris-Jumel Mansion: Secrets of Manhattan’s oldest home, in Washington Heights | am New York

Morris-Jumel Mansion: Secrets of Manhattan's oldest home, in Washington Heights | am New York

By Brian Levinson Think you have to travel to Disney World to visit a haunted mansion? Think again. There’s one in Washington Heights, just a few blocks from the C train. Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan’s oldest house. Built by a British colonel in 1765, it was once a 130-acre farm that stretched from the Hudson […]


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, […]


Spread Love: The Alving Estate @ The Morris-Jumel Mansion

Spread Love: The Alving Estate @ The Morris-Jumel Mansion

The Alving Estate is an immersive, site-sympathetic theatrical experience adapted from Ibsen’s Ghosts & set in the 1950’s – where audiences are free to choose their own narrative. Brought on as prospectively employed household help, the audience is adorned with surgical masks and white cotton gloves; they are launched into the center of a story […]


Spread Love: Morris-Jumel Mansion’s Culture and Arts Festival 250 Edition

Spread Love: Morris-Jumel Mansion's Culture and Arts Festival 250 Edition

On October 31st, Halloween day, Morris-Jumel Mansion will host the fourth-annual Culture and Arts Festival. One of New York City’s most beloved community events, the Festival (called CAFé for short) gathers uptown Manhattan’s finest artists, musicians, artisans and restaurateurs or an afternoon of performance, craft and tastings. This year, CAFé coincides with Morris-Jumel’s 250th Anniversary. […]


Cornerspotted: Paterno Castle of Washington Heights – Curbed NY

Cornerspotted: Paterno Castle of Washington Heights - Curbed NY

by Dave Hogarty Yesterday’s Cornerspotter puzzle featured a close-up image of a castle with a greenhouse and a driveway. What it didn’t feature and would have given everything away is the heights upon which it was perched, high above the Hudson River in Inwood just north of present location of the George Washington Bridge. Paterno […]


Lecture on the War of 1812 in American Caricature @ the Morris-Jumel Mansion this Saturday

Lecture on the War of 1812 in American Caricature @ the Morris-Jumel Mansion this Saturday

Saturday, January 14 from 2pm – 3pm Lecture: The War of 1812 in American Caricature Art historian Dr. Allison Stagg will examine key events from the War of 1812 by exploring satirical visual imagery. Caricatures of this period, although printed hastily, expose how people in America felt and how they responded to the War of […]


Historic Home on the Grange | WSJ.com

Historic Home on the Grange | WSJ.com

By ROBBIE WHELAN Owners of historic property regularly complain about dealing with government landmark agencies, which can be sticklers for keeping New York’s great buildings looking the same for the ages. These critics can take some consolation by looking at the recent rehabilitation of Hamilton Grange, the upper Manhattan house built by founding father Alexander […]


The Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture & Arts Festival In Pictures

Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy)


The Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture & Arts Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

The Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture & Arts Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

There’s always something new at Manhattan’s oldest house.  The first ever Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture and Arts Festival – MJM CAFé – kicks off on October 15, 2011.  The MJM CAFé will feature the vibrant music, artistry, crafts and cuisine that make Washington Heights and the neighboring communities of Harlem and Inwood so diverse and dynamic. […]


Manhattan's Oldest Home Has Presidential Roots | NY1.com

By: Roger Clark A historical mansion in Washington Heights holds the distinction of playing host to the nation’s first president. The Morris-Jumel Mansion — the oldest house in Manhattan — was built in 1765 by British Colonel Roger Morris and his American wife and later purchased by the Jumel family in 1810. “In addition to having […]

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