Harlem Council Member Levine Leads Approval Of Morningside Heights Historic District

Following a decades long fight to designate the Morningside Heights Historic District, today New York City Council Member Mark Levine declared victory for the community as he voted to approve the designation in the City Council with the unanimous support of his colleagues. Continue Reading →

First Friday’s Gathering Of The LGBT Pride Edition At The Schomburg In Harlem

To kick off LGBT Pride Month, the Schomburg Center is proud to present the third annual First Fridays: LGBT Pride social gathering, in honor of our In the Life Archive.
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“King Of Ragtime” Scott Joplin Lived In Harlem

Scott Joplin was a historic figure to the numerous cultural icons to have lived near St. Nicholas Park in Harlem. At 163 West 131st street as the address Joplin lived in last as one of the world’s most famous composer’s King of Ragtime composer Scott Joplin once lived. Continue Reading →

African Americans’ Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina, 1865

Memorial Day African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston South CarolinaThe first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. Continue Reading →

Tommy “Mayor Of Harlem” Smalls Paradise In Harlem, NY, 1926-1972

Tommy Smalls, August 5, 1926 – March 8, 1972, known as Dr. Jive, was an influential African-American radio disc jockey in New York City during the early days of rock and roll. He owned the Smalls Paradise club in Harlem in the 1950s. Continue Reading →

Old Broadway From 131st To 133rd Streets, Harlem, 1932 (North)

In the late 19th century, Bloomingdale Road was straightened and made part of the real Broadway from 131st and 133th Streets in Harlem, New York.

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Old Broadway From 125th To 129th Streets, Harlem, New York, 1932 (South)

Broadway, the 13-mile road that began as an Indian trail and grew to define the city, is synonymous with greatness in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Patti “Queen Of The Jingles,” Austin (Video)

Patti Austin, born on the 10th August, 1950, is an American R&B, pop and jazz singer. Austin was born in Harlem, New York to Gordon Austin, a jazz trombonist, and Edna Austin and was raised in Bay Shore, New York on Long Island. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have referred to themselves as her godparents. Continue Reading →

The Legendary Surgeon And Civil Rights Activist, Harlem’s Louis Tompkins Wright

Louis Tompkins Wright, July 23, 1891 – October 8, 1952 was an American surgeon and civil rights activist. In his position at Harlem Hospital he was the first African-American on the surgical staff of a non-segregated hospital in New York City. Continue Reading →

West Harlem’s George Carlin, One Of The Best Comics Of All Time

George Denis Patrick Carlin, May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008, was an American comedian, actor, author and social critic. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Continue Reading →