Central Park Spring By James Reuel Smith, 109th Street, Harlem, NY, March 18, 1901

The Central Park fresh water spring photograph by James Reuel Smith at West 109th Street, (150 feet east of) Eighth Avenue, Harlem, New York, on March 18, 1901.

Springs And Wells Of Harlem Photographer, James Reuel Smith, 1890 And 1915’s

James Reuel Smith was an interesting guy, from the late 19th to the early 20th century, he painstakingly photographed the Wecksquaesgeek Indian water springs and wells in Harlem, all over New York City Continue Reading →

Boy At St. Nicholas Avenue Harlem Spring, NY, 1899 (Photograph)

Unidentified boy is photographed by James Reuel Smith seated on a boulder above a spring at St. Nicholas Avenue and West 139th Street, Harlem, New York, May 5, 1899.

115th Street Well, At The East Wall Of 27 W. 115th Street, NY, 1897

A great dramatic photograph of the 115th Street Well, at the east wall of 27 West 115th Street, on the north side between Fifth Avenue and Lenox Avenue, Harlem, NY, December Continue Reading →

Well And House, Harlem, NY, 1898 (Photographs)

Another great photograph (above) by James Reuel Smith of a Well and House, 50 feet east of Amsterdam Avenue and 100 feet north of West 137th Street, New York, the two Continue Reading →

House And Boy At Amsterdam Avenue And West 116th Street, NY 1898

Unidentified house on the Northeast corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 116th Street, in Harlem, New York, November 8, 1898, by Harlem photographer James Reuel Smith.

The 119th Street Well In Harlem Farming Country, 1897 (Photo)

The 119th Street Well by James Reuel Smith, the Well was located 25 feet south of west 119th Street and 150 feet east of Amsterdam Avenue, NY, October 6, 1897.

The 124th Street Water Well In Harlem, NY 1897

The 124th Street Water Well In Harlem photograph was taken by James Reuel Smith on the south side of West 124th Street, between Ninth Avenue and Tenth Avenue, New York, September 28, Continue Reading →

Eagle Theater In Spanish Harlem, 1900-1927

In “El Barrio,” the building was built in 1914 as it’s listed in the 1926 Film Daily Year Book the Eagle Theatre, with 600 seats at 1852 Third Avenue in Continue Reading →

Wooden Farm House On Broadway At West 123rd And 124th Streets, Harlem, NY, 1898

This is a great photograph looking northwest on the west side of Broadway between West 123rd and West 124th Streets, taken by James Reuel Smith in Harlem, NY, November 16, 1898. 

Little Boy At 149th Street Well, Harlem, New York, May 13, 1898.

Little Harlem boy with hat at Well photographed by James Reuel Smith below at the  on the Hudson River shore and West 149th Street, Harlem, New York, May 13, 1898.

Indian Spring, Amsterdam Avenue At 124th Street, Harlem, NY, 1898

Indian Spring and environs, on the southwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue and W. 124th Street, New York, November 16, 1898. 

Wooden House 123rd Street And Broadway, West Harlem, NY 1898

An old wood house on the west side of Broadway (between West 123rd and 124th Streets), West Harlem, New York, November 16, 1898.

Central Park Spring, West 109th Street At Eighth Avenue, Harlem, NY, 1901

Path leading to the Central Park fresh water spring photograph by James Reuel Smith at West 109th Street, (150 feet east of) Eighth Avenue, Harlem, NY, March 18, 1901.

Hand Pump Well At 139th Street, NY 1898 (Photograph)

At the turn of the century and before the Harlem Renaissance, there were places like this hand pump well (above) at the rear of a home at 147 West 139th Street Continue Reading →