Rare “Harlem, New York, 1964” (Video 1/3)

church-video-in-harlem-1964The video is filmed on a snowy winter day with a panoply of legendary to little known locations throughout Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: The ‘Negro Riot of 1712’ In “Five Points” NY

negro-riot-of-1712By Miguel Hernandez

New York History Blog reports that one of the earliest documented riots in New York State that had a racial component or undertone was the so-called Negro Riot of 1712. Continue Reading →

When Harlem Welcomed Castro And Cubans, NY, 1960

fidelcastro_hotelteresaworkers-678x509When Cuba’s delegation arrived in New York City in September 1960 to attend the United Nations General Assembly, the Eisenhower administration had already stopped Cuba’s sugar exports to the U.S. Continue Reading →

UNIA Women’s Brigade On Parade In Harlem, NY 1924

unia-womens-brigadeAnd don’t think it was just the men who were members of Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). There was the UNIA Women’s Brigade founded by Marcus Garvey who sported their own militaristic style uniforms in Harlem, New York, 1924. Continue Reading →

Sufi Abdul Hamid, “Harlem’s Hitler,” 1903-1938

sufi-abdul-hamidSufi Abdul Hamid (born Eugene Brown) (January 6, 1903 in Lowell, Massachusetts – July 30, 1938) was an African-American religious and labor leader, and among the first African converts to Islam, accused of Anti-Semitism. Continue Reading →

Fidel Castro And Malcolm X At The Hotel Theresa, Harlem NY 1960

fidel-y-malcom-x-1-580x377I always remember when I met with Malcolm X at the hotel Teresa, because he was the one who gave us support and made it possible for us to be accommodated there. Continue Reading →

Blanche Dunn The Fabulous “It” Girl Of Harlem 1940 (Photography)

blanche-dunn-in-morningside-park-harlem2Blanche Dunn, lived the American dream, she was a glamorous Jamaican born actress, socialite, and Harlemite who traveled the world, here are a couple of photographs in Morningside Park by her friend Carl Van Vechten in Harlem, New York 1940. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Charles Christian Inventor Of The Electric Guitar Solo (Video)

charles-christian1Charles Henry “Charlie” Christian (July 29, 1916 – March 2, 1942) was an American swing and jazz guitarist who lived and played the electric guitar throughout Harlem. Continue Reading →

Memorial Service For President John F. Kennedy In Mount Olivet Church, Harlem 1963

kennedy-memmpirla-in-harlemHastily organized memorial services for President John F. Kennedy were held throughout the world, allowing many to express their grief. Here’s the Memorial Service held in Mount Olivet Church, Harlem. Continue Reading →

Temple Ansche Chesed Synagogue, Harlem, New York, 1910

MNY234601View from West 114th Street at the corner of 7th Avenue (re-named Adam Clayton Poell Blvd., today), Temple Ansche Chesed Synagogue rear in Harlem, New York, 1910. Continue Reading →