A Conversation With Harlem’s Vy Higginsen

anthony cu-vy-higginsen-smilingBy Anthony T. Eaton

Harlem was founded in the century as a Dutch outpost and over time developed into a farming village, a revolutionary battlefield, a resort town, a commuter town and a ghetto. Continue Reading →

“Have You Ever Heard of This Thing Called the Lincoln [Hospital] Collective?” Talk In Harlem

60a3bd4b-e485-4d6d-b260-f0e8ef181830What do you do if you’re a young physician with a growing sense of social justice, and the world looks like it’s in political upheaval around you? In 1970, about two-dozen young physicians asked themselves this very question. Continue Reading →

Women Speak About Malcolm X At The Schomburg In Harlem

malcolm x talk in harlemAnnual celebration of the birthday of Malcolm X/Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, in collaboration with the Malcolm X Museum will feature an all-women panel. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Eunice Roberta Hunton Carter, Harlem, NY 1899 – 1970

Eunice Carter iin harlemEunice Roberta Hunton Carter, 1899 – 1970, broke down racial and gender barriers. She was one of New York’s first African-American woman lawyers, and served as one of the first district attorneys of color in the United States. Continue Reading →

Orson Wells ‘Macbeth’ Lafayette Theater Harlem 1936 (video)

Lafayette-Theatre-Macbeth-1936-in harlem1For days, Harlem residents strolling anywhere between Lexington Avenue and Broadway from 125th to 140th Streets had seen the word “Macbeth” for Orson Wells stenciled in glowing paint at every corner.
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Stephanie “Queenie” St. Clair, Queen Of The Harlem Racket

Stephanie St. ClairStephanie St. Clair 1886 – 1969, was a bookmaker in Harlem. Madam St. Clair was born of mixed French and African descent on Martinique.

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Harlem Map Purchased By Yale’s Beinecke Library

E-Simms-Campbell-Night-Club-Map-HarlemSwann Galleries’ On Thursday, March 31, 2016 auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana sold an illustration by E. Simms Campbell, a lively A Night-Club Map of Harlem, pen and brush, 1932 to the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. Continue Reading →

Construction On Lenox & 125th Street Harlem, NY 1910

lenox-125th-street-harlem-ny-1910-finalAn upclose view of what seems to be mid-day construction work day along Lenox Avenue and 125th Street in Harlem, New York, 1910. Continue Reading →

Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps Harlem NY 1923-1930 (video)

arna bontemps in harlem1Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps October 13, 1902 – June 4, 1973 was a Harlem poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.
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Nathalie’s The Finest In Southern Cuisine In Harlem New York 1977

natalies food spot in harlem1Nathalie Moore opened, Nathalie’s The Finest In Soutern Cuisine r restaurant at 2073 Seventh Avenue (bet, 123rd and 124th Streets) in Harlem in the 1970s after working in the restaurant industry for many years. Continue Reading →