Another Milestone For The African Burial Ground Project In Harlem

City Limits reports that the Economic Development Corporation (EDC)’s proposal to rezone the 126th Street Bus Depot to facilitate the development of an African Burial Ground memorial and a mixed-use development with housing was approved unanimously by the City Planning Commission on Wednesday. Continue Reading →

NYPL Needs Your Help To Identify Vintage Streetscapes From Harlem To Hollis

NY Curbed reports that the New York Public Library has a vast collection of historical images of the city, but there’s one glaring problem: Most of those images lack the context of place that make them so special. Continue Reading →

Nash Motors Company In Harlem, 1927 (Photographs)

Nash Motors Company was an American automobile manufacturer based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the United States from 1916 to 1937, that found a home in West Harlem. Continue Reading →

“The Negro Silent Protest Parade” Formed By Harlem’s St. Philip’s Church, 1917

The march was organized by W. E. B. Du Bois, the NAACP, second vice president of the NAACP, Harlem‘s James Weldon Johnson, and Rev. Hutchens Chew Bishop, rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and realtor John E. Nail in Harlem, on July 28, 1917.

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Harold Jackman, The Most Handsome Man In Harlem 1920’s-1930’s

If you scan the index of any reputable book on the Harlem Renaissance, you should find at least one listing for Harold Jackman, w,ho was fabulously called “The Most Handsome Man In Harlem,” from the 1920’s to 1930’s.  Continue Reading →

Archaeologists Prove That Art Is The Oldest Profession In The World In Africa (Update)

It’s perfect that the art capital of the world is NYC, and Harlem is one of its foundations, but if you want to see where art began, go to a cave. Not just any cave, but not just one cave either. Continue Reading →

Harlem Resident And Arm & Hammer Mogul John Dwight, 1846-1903

John Dwight, August 1, 1819 – November 25, 1903, was an American manufacturer and philanthropist. He was a pioneer manufacturer of bicarbonate of soda in the United States. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Joseph “Ten Yards” Yancey, 1910-1991

In 1936, Joseph James Yancey Jr., 1910-1991 co-founded the New York Pioneers Track and Field Club. This interracial track team, which has developed many Olympic athletes, was the first of its kind in the United States. Continue Reading →

Hamilton Heights’ Alexander Hamilton’s ‘The Grange’ Was His Last Home Before the Duel

Like other well-to-do New Yorkers in the late 1700s, Alexander Hamilton and his family moved to Harlem Heights in Upper Manhattan, a rural area with cool breezes that also provided an escape from the yellow fever threat in Lower Manhattan, according to the National Park Service (NPS). Continue Reading →

Steamboat “Harlem,” New York, 1891 (Photograph)

Here’s a great photograph of the grand old Steamboat “Harlem,” built in 1873, at 111th Street and Eleventh Street, West Harlem Pier, New York, 1891.

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Harlem’s Drag Ball History (Video)

Numerous historians and cultural commentators have traced the origins of today’s house ball scene to the notorious culture of Harlem drag balls in 1920’s and 1930’s New York.

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The Strange Story Of George Washington’s Dentures In Harlem

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One of the biggest myths that’s persisted about George Washington over the years (other than that he chopped down a cherry tree and never told a lie) is that he had wooden teeth. Continue Reading →

Italy: Living La Dolce Vita Sustainable In Bella Italia

Harlem has deep roots connected to Italy, with an estimated 52 million foreign tourist travelled to Italy in 2016 – what’s a better getaway from Harlem to Italy. Continue Reading →

Lord “Kitty” Viscount Courtenay, England’s Most Handsome Boy At The Claremont Inn In Harlem

Harlem resident Lord Viscount Courtenay (aka William “Kitty” Courtenay), 9th Earl of Devon, c. 1768 – 26 May 1835, lived in his Harlem residence at the Claremont Inn And Restaurant at “…the Manhattan Forests,” from 1807-1813. Continue Reading →

Hamilton Grange, Alexander Hamilton’s Home In Harlem

C39574C5-155D-451F-67464DB29EB1DAD8-largeHamilton Grange National Memorial is a National Park Service site in St. Nicholas Park, In Harlem, New York. that preserves the relocated home of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Continue Reading →