Cremated Remains Halt Harlem Building Demolition Of Historic Marion A. Daniels And Sons Funeral Home

The demolition of Marion A. Daniels and Sons Funeral Home a Harlem building has been put on hold following the discovery of cremated human remains in the basement, a Department of Buildings spokeswoman said Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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East Harlem’s Char-Ko-Lette AKA Colonial Tea Room, 1940’s

There is a long tradition of Tea in Harlem as we discussed in this article A Short History Of Tea In Harlem from 2012. Another Tea Room to add to that list is the Char-Ko-Lette aka the Colonial Tea Room at 116th Street and Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem, NY, 1949. Continue Reading →

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The Collyer Brothers Harlem NY 1881-1947 (Rare Video)

the collyer brothers of harlem longely and homerWe love Harlem Homer Lusk Collyer (November 6, 1881 – March 21, 1947) and Langley Wakeman Collyer (October 3, 1885 – c. March 9, 1947), known as the Collyer brothers, were two brothers from Harlem who became infamous for their bizarre natures and compulsive hoarding. Continue Reading →

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The Radicalization Of Ray Richardson: Suspicion Still Surrounds Death of Black Activist TV Producer

(This artical was originally posted on November 3, 2013.)

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By Jeffrey B. Perry and Charles V. Richardson

In January, 1971, the young producer of Boston public television’s groundbreaking program Say Brother, was found dead in a Mexican resort, along with his fiancé. Continue Reading →

Bloomingdale Insane Asylum, Harlem, NY 1821–1889

The Bloomingdale Insane Asylum, 1821–1889, was a private hospital for the care of the mentally ill that was founded by New York Hospital in Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →

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119th Street Croton Aqueduct Gatehouse In Harlem, NY 1894-1895

The 119th Street Croton Aqueduct Gatehouse was constructed in 1894-95 by contractor Peter J. Moran for the New York City Department of Public Works $40,000, under the supervision of George W. Birdsall, chief engineer of the Croton Aqueduct. Continue Reading →

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New Book, “Al Smith And The Revolution Of 1928” Made NY From Harlem To Hollis

Robert Chiles new book, The Revolution of ’28: Al Smith American Progressivism and the Coming of the New Deal (Cornell University Press, 2018) explores the career of New York Governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith. Continue Reading →

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The Hudson River Well At 122nd Street In Harlem New York 1897-1902

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It was spring time in Harlem, when photographer James Reuel Smith, took this image of the Hudson River Well, between West 122nd and West 123rd Streets, looking northeast in West Harlem, on the shore of the Hudson River in New York, 1897-1902. Continue Reading →

Jimmy’s Chicken Shack Harlem, NY 1930-1980’s

Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, was a famous eatery and jazz spot frequented by Malcolm X and comedian John Elroy Sanford, known as Redd Foxx (below) located at  763 St. Nicholas Avenue, between West 148th and 149th Streets, in Harlem, NY.

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Harlem’s Kenneth B. & Mamie Phipps Clark, 1914 – 2005

Mamie Phipps Clark and husband kennethKenneth Bancroft Clark, July 14, 1914 – May 1, 2005, and Mamie Phipps Clark (April 18, 1917 – August 11, 1983) were African-American psychologists who as a married team conducted important research among children and were active in the Civil Rights Movement. Continue Reading →

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Lewis H. Michaux, Our Greatest Bookseller,1932 – 1974 (Video)

Harlem bookseller and civil rights activist Lewis H. Michaux, 1895–1976. Harlem’s Troy Johnson founder of AALBC.com called Michaux “our Greatest Bookseller.” Continue Reading →

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Historic Accounts & Signed Material At Swann Galleries African Americana Auction

Swann Galleries’ auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana on Thursday, March 29 sheds light on some of the darker moments in American history and provides crucial context for cultural sea changes, from abolition to the Civil Rights Movement. Continue Reading →

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House Passes Harlem’s Espaillat Bill To Re-Name Post Office In Honor Of Tuskegee Airmen

Congressman Adriano Espaillat released the following statement in support of his bill, H.R. 4406, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 Macombs Place in New York, New York as the Tuskegee Airmen Post Office Building. Continue Reading →

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Philip A. Payton Jr., Harlem Real Estate Visionary

Philip A. Payton Jr., February 27, 1876 – August, 1917, was an African American real estate entrepreneur, known as the “Father of Harlem”, due to his work renting properties in the Harlem, New York to African Americans. Continue Reading →

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Amsterdam Avenue And 120th Street, West Harlem New York 1910 (Photographs)

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Here are two great photographs taken between these Harlem country farm style homes, and the apartments and brownstones of the Harlem Renaissance of the 20th century. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Cabin, Amsterdam Ave., & 120th, Street, Harlem, New York, 1910

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A great photograph taken at the site of an old wooded Harlem cabin, with a wooden picket fence lining the sidewalk that moves up a small hill on Amsterdam Avenue at 120th Street in Morningside Park, West Harlem, NY, 1910. Continue Reading →

Site Of The Cathedral Of Saint John The Divine At Morningside Park In Harlem, NY 1893

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An amazing photograph taken at the site of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine looking northeast between Amsterdam and Manhattan Avenues at 110th Street from Morningside Park in West Harlem, NY 1893. Continue Reading →