Historic City College Building Sits Empty With No Signs Of Life In Harlem

NY Post reports that a historic City College building once slated to house a center dedicated to a US congressman and then a secretary of state is an empty shell with no sign of life. Continue Reading →

Boy At A Well In West Harlem Shoreline, New York, May 13, 1898

Unidentified boy with water container photographed by James Reuel Smith at an old rough Well on the Hudson River shore (to the right) looking southeast from West 158th Street, in Harlem, NY, May 13, 1898.

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A Historic Harlem “Wells And Springs” On The Henry Hudson River Shore Line, 1897

A great, clear photograph by James Reuel Smith looking northwest taken of the Wells and Springs building on the shoreline of the Hudson River (with a ship passing in the distance), from the other side of the railroad tracks, between West 122nd and 123rd Streets in West Harlem, New York, on September 28, 1897.

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Harlem’s Althea Gibson First Black Women to Win a Championship At Wimbledon

640px-Althea_Gibson_NYWTSAlthea Gibson, August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003, was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete of either gender to cross the color line of international tennis. Continue Reading →

Small Boy A Top A Well At Broadway And West 124th Street, West Harlem, 1898

Turn of the century Harlem photograph by James Reuel Smith, a small Harlem boy sitting a top a well on the northeast corner of Broadway and West 124th Street, Harlem, New York, April 9, 1898.

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Landmark Lecture, The 119th Street Croton Aqueduct Gatehouse In Harlem

The 119th Street Gatehouse, a project of the Waterline Team (Ennead Architects: Andrew Burdick; Graham Kyle; Laura Buck; Mao Ziayun), offers a fascinating lens through which to understand the challenges and opportunities inherent in catalyzing support for and visioning the reuse of an enigmatic building. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Burnetta Jones, Hair Salon Owner And First Major Owner Of A Recording Studio (Video)

Genre Magazine writes that this story about I Was Born This Way starts in New York city, but has nothing to do with New York native Lady Gaga. Continue Reading →

Congratulations, LPC Designated A Historic District In Central Harlem

Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Central Harlem – West 130-132nd Streets Historic District. 

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Langston Hughes With Kids At “Our Blocks Children Garden” In Harlem 1955

A source writes that author, poet and Harlemite, Langston the “Poet-Laureate of Harlem”  Hughes in the picture is taken on 20 East 127th Street at the “Our Blocks Children Garden,” comes from a book about Hughes’ life. Continue Reading →

African Americans’ Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina, 1865

Memorial Day African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston South CarolinaThe first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Sharpton Talks Royal Wedding Shows End Of White Supremacy And First Black Queen Sophie Charlotte

Al Sharpton said the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who is biracial, is a sign that white supremacy is “on its last breath.”

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Harlem Cultural Archives: The North’s Harlem Journey To Health Care Delivery (Videos)

Another great conversation by Harlem Cultural Archives with life long Harlem residents Dr. Robert North and his wife as they discuss their Harlem journey, issues with Health Care delivery and more on a post from May 8th, 2018. Continue Reading →

ONE Commercial Handles $6.3 M Sale Of Harlem Garage

NYREJ reports that ONE Commercial Realty Services handled the sale of 457-459 West 150th St., “The Carriage House” for $6.3 million ($328 per s/f). Continue Reading →

Grants Available To Mark Legends & Lore Locations From Harlem To The Hudson

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s statewide Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program, which promotes cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore, is currently accepting applications. Continue Reading →

A Few Things To Think About Before You Head From Harlem To The Royal Wedding

Harlem already has a deep royal history, from Napoleon Bonaparte’s cousin Joseph Bonaparte to Prince William; and then, to Lord Viscount Courtenay, who lived at the Claremont Inn to Harlem’s wedding of the century of Nat King Cole and Maria Cole at Abyssinian Baptist Church. And of course, beloved Princess Di visiting the AIDS unit at Harlem Hospital. Continue Reading →

Marion A. Daniels & Sons Funeral Home Harlem NY 1900 – 1940

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The Marion A. Daniels and Sons Funeral Home, with three contiguous townhouses was located at 164 West 136th Street in Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →

Harlem Pastor Thomas Of Harlem’s Presbyterian Church, A Friend Of Dr. King And An Enemy Of Trotsky

Norman Mattoon Thomas, November 20, 1884 – December 19, 1968 was an American Presbyterian minister who achieved fame as a socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. Continue Reading →