215th Street Steps Have Finally Been Revamped

e749190a3f1b99ebf99f4fcb16210f32Two years after renovation work began on Inwood‘s historic 215th Street staircase or “The Stairs of Death,” or the “Italian Terrace” as it was called in 1911 —which connects Park Terrace East to Broadway over a 50-foot incline—the work has finished, and the refurbished stairs are set to make their public debut. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Moses Reicherson, One On The Finest Linguist In The World 1827–1903

moses reichersonMoses Reicherson, 1827–1903, Hebrew author and grammarian. Reicherson was born in Vilna where he earned his living as a part-time teacher of Hebrew and as a proofreader and editor for publishing houses. Continue Reading →

Apollo Rings NY Stock Exchange Opening Bell For Its 82nd Anniversary

apollo theater on wall streetIn celebration of the Apollo’s 82 nd anniversary today, the Theater was invited to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Continue Reading →

Second African Burial Ground Discovered In Harlem

alg-mta-bus-depot-jpgFor 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. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Legendary Lenox Lounge Appears To Be Dead

General views of Lenox Lounge before and after the facade was stripped of its Art Deco details and sign located at 288 Lenox Avenue in Harlem in New York CityGothamist reports that there was hope for a while that Harlem’s legendary Lenox Lounge—which closed in 2012 following a rich 73 years history—would one day reopen, preserving a slice of history in an area that’s undergoing significant changes. Continue Reading →

Shop Harlem: Jazz Duke Ellington And Nat King Cole Signed 1940’s

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Jazz greats Duke Ellington signed this early photographs with Nat King Cole Trio signed twice by Nat King Cole and his band in the 1940’s. Continue Reading →

West Harlem’s Arthur Asher Miller 1915 – 2005

arthur miller1Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was a prolific American playwright, essayist, and prominent figure in twentieth-century American theatre. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953) and A View from the Bridge (1955, revised 1956). Continue Reading →

Solomon Libin, Yiddish Short Story Writer And Playwright

jewsih harlemSolomon Libin, born in Gorki, Byelorussia. His family imigrated from Russia to London in 1891 and to Harlem, New York in 1892. Continue Reading →

Old Wooden House 16-18 Tiemann Place Harlem 1932

16-18-Tiemann-Place harlem ny1Taken from the street looking northeast at 16-18 Tiemann Place (south of 125th Street, between Broadway and Riverside Drive), in West Harlem, New York, 1932. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Lorenz Milton “Rodgers And” Hart 1895 – 1943

Lorenz Hart from harlemLorenz Milton Hart (May 2, 1895 – November 22, 1943) was the lyricist half of the Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart. Continue Reading →