Landmarks Will Consider Designating 4 NYC Buildings, Harlem Historic District

NY Curbed reports that the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission moved swiftly on Tuesday to calendar a group of historic structures, and one proposed historic district, allowing for their designation by the Commission in the future. Continue Reading →

Happy Xmas (War Is Over!) By John Lennon, Yoko Ono And The Harlem Community Choir, 1971 (Video)

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a Christmas song with lyrics by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. Continue Reading →

The Amazing Story Of Harlem’s Esther Jones (videos)

baby esther by James VanDerZeeWe originally ran story about The Story Of Harlem’s Baby “Betty Boop” Esther afew days ago and received a number of emails asking if she was the original “Betty Boop” voice. Continue Reading →

“Anna Lucasta” With Harlem’s Sammy Davis Jr, Eartha Kitt, Frederick O’Neal,…(Full Film)

Here’s one of our HW Picks for one of the Legendary films starring a Harlemite superstar Sammy Davis Jr.. Continue Reading →

The Great Earl Hyman And William Branch On The American Negro Theatre’s (Video)

Here’s a fantastic video from Harlem Cultural Archives with the great actor Earl Hyman passed away this week following a prolonged illness. Continue Reading →

A History Of Whiskey In Harlem 1650’s – Present

Harlem is a rich and historical place in whiskey lore dating back to the Wecksquaesgeek Indians to settlers in the Dutch in the 1600’s to prohibition from the 1920’s to 1930’s during the Harlem renaissance. Continue Reading →

Well’s Restaurant In Harlem, The Best Chicken And Waffles In The World 1938-1982

Wells Restaurant (to those in the know it was “Wells” and “Wells Supper Club”), was generally regarded as the home of the best chicken and waffles in the world on (Seventh Avenue, now re-named) Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between 132nd and 133rd Streets in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Dickie “Mr. Harlem,” Wells, Harlem Playboy And Entrepreunuer, 1920-1949

Richard “Dickie” Wells, known as, “Mr. Harlem,” 1908-1949, was one of Harlem’s most gifted tap dancers, nightclub owners, and last but certainly not least, its most notorious male gigolo and playboy. Continue Reading →

The Hamilton Bank Building, Harlem, NY, 1893 (Print)

The Hamilton Bank Building, named after Harlemite Alexander Hamilton, at 213, 215 and 217 West 125th Street in Harlem, NY, 1893. Continue Reading →

Well At West 140th Street, Harlem, NY, 1898 (Photograph)

A great photograph by James Reuel Smith of a long demolished Well at 619-621 West 140th Street (now 625-627), near Riverside Drive in West Harlem, NY, on May 13, 1898. Continue Reading →

Jimi Hendrix At The United Block Association Benefit Concert In Harlem 1969 (video)

Jimi Hendrix Harlem New York 1969

On September 5th, 1969, Jimi Hendrix with the Gypsy Sun & Rainbows band performed outside 139th Street and Lenox Avenue at the United Block Association Benefit concert in Harlem, New York.

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Dale Carnegie Discovered “How To Win Friends And Influence People” In Harlem, 1911

Dale Harbison Carnegie (/ˈkɑːrnɪɡi/; spelled Carnagey until c. 1922; November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955) was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Continue Reading →

The Wooden Frame H. Wagner Barber Shop In Harlem, NY 1932 (Photograph)

A wonderful wooden frame H. Wagner Barber Shop photographed Charles Von Urban at 167 East 126th Street in Harlem, New York in 1932. Continue Reading →

Canal Kingsbridge Hudson And Harlem Rivers NY 1895 (Print)

We found this print on Amazon of the New Ship-Canal at Kingsbridge, Connecting the Harlem and Hudson River ( 19th Century American culture) Issued 1895, New York, by Harpers Weekly Wonderful original antique offset/photo mechanical print. Continue Reading →

Squatters Shack At Grant’s Tomb In Harlem 1901

An amazing photograph looking northeast on a snowy in Riverside Park with columns and dome from General U.S. Grants Tomb beyond with a squatters wood shack in the foreground in West Harlem, NY, February 13th, 1901.  Continue Reading →