Harlem Art Collective And You Too Can Raise Money To Renovate Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home

langston-hughes glamour in harlemThe Harlem brownstone in which Harlem poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes spent the last 20 years of his life is now empty, unoccupied and in disrepair. But that may change soon. Continue Reading →

Joe Louis’ Restaurant Souvenir Card, Harlem NY 1950’s

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I don’t know about you, but we love everything little thing about Harlem history, and this little Souvenir card from the Joe Louis’ Restaurant, at 11 west 125th Street, Harlem, New  York, ca 1950’s is fabulous.

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Metropolitan Hook And Ladder Co. No. 14, Harlem 1867

Metropolitan-Hook-and-Ladder-Company-No 14 in harlem1We always love the discovery of Harlem’s rich history. Here’s a vintage photograph of the Metropolitan Hook and Ladder Company No. 14, on the dirt 125th street, between Third and Fourth Avenues in Harlem, New York, 1867.

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Tips To Delve Into Your Family Harlem History

maya angelou 2Genealogy websites that help people trace their family histories love to focus on fortunate souls descended from royalty, or related in some distant and indirect way to Maya Angelou (pictured in CA). 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 →

HW Pick: Easco Boiler Company Celebrates 90 years As One Of The Country’s Black Owned Boiler Companies

EASCO companyA family-owned and operated institution, Easco Boiler Company is celebrating 90 years of business, with a press conference and open house this Tuesday, August 16th at their headquarters. Continue Reading →

Historic Harlem Hellfighters Train For Kuwait Deployment

US+Army+National+Guard1The New York Army National Guard unit known since World War I as the Harlem Hellfighters has begun two weeks of training ahead of its deployment to Kuwait. Continue Reading →

A Glance At The Pre-History Of Harlem To 1865

indiansAll the area north of what is now 59th Street was called “Muscoota” by the Manhattan Indians. Muscoota means “flat place”. This flat place was good for growing food and this is why many of the Manhattan Indians lived in this part of Manhattan. Continue Reading →

Cora La Redd, Harlem’s “Terpsichorean Riot,” -1968 (Video)

lora walker in harlemCora LaRedd, the brilliant Harlem singer and dancer of the 1920s and 1930s, known for her hard-hitting rhythm-tap style, was often announced as the “Terpsichorean riot.” Continue Reading →

“Pig Foot Mary,” Lillian Harris Dean, Harlem Cook And Entrepreneur 1900’s

2-lillian-harris-dean brown1Lillian Harris Dean, Pig Foot Mary, 1870–1929, was an African-American cook and entrepreneur who became a minor national celebrity in the 1920s for bringing the cuisine of Harlem to national attention. Continue Reading →