Harlem’s Richard “Boss Croker “Croker, Sr., NY, 1843 – 1922

800px-Richard_Croker_-_Bain_portrait2Richard Croker, Sr. (November 24, 1843 – April 29, 1922), known as “Boss Croker” was an Irish-American politician, a leader of New York City’s Tammany Hall from Harlem.. Continue Reading →

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 →

Civic Grandeur Panel At The Museum of the City of NY

the harlem hotel 1800New York’s civic and public buildings have always included much more than drab government buildings. Many are symbolic landmarks that project the image of a majestic metropolis to New Yorkers and the world. Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Day Parade, Harlem, NY 1930

Broadway-and-W.-110th-St.-nyc-1383A horse-drawn parade float heads down Broadway as part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Here we see them passing West 110th Street in West Harlem. Continue Reading →

Harlem Congressman Rangel Calls For The Congressional Gold Medal For Colonel Charles Young

jpegIn correspondence to the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations, Congressman Charles Rangel has called on Black Veterans and the general public to support his call for the Congressional Gold Medal for the legendary Buffalo Soldier – Colonel Charles Young. Continue Reading →

James Richmond Barthé, Harlem, 1901-1989

Richmond BartheJames Richmond Barthé, also known as Richmond Barthé (January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989) was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →

Bill Bojangels And Jesse Owens At The Cotton Club, Harlem 1936

bill bojangels and jesse owens n harlemTaken on January 9th, 1936, what a great photograph of legendary dancer, actor, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, 1936 Olympics gold medalist Jesse Owens and the Cotton Club dancers. Continue Reading →

Yuengling Brewery In Harlem, New York 1876

Yuengling-Brewing-Comple x in harlem bwHarlem has a long line of beer brewers, from Pabst Harlem restaurant to Yuengling Brewery, which was housed in a historical German-American style building, Mink Building. Continue Reading →

Home To Harlem 100 Years In Black Film History At The Schomburg (video)

bert williams5Join preeminent Harlem scholar and architect John T. Reddick, scholar and artist, Lenwood O. Sloan and performer and activist Liza Jesse Peterson for an afternoon exploring the rich legacy of Bert Williams and African Americans’ contribution to the American theater. Continue Reading →

A Gangster Guns Down A Little Boy In Harlem, 1931

londonchemistsvincentcollOn the evening of July 28, 1931, five-year-old Michael Vengalli was playing with a group of friends on East 107th Street in Harlem’s Little Italy. Continue Reading →