Percy “Angel Face” Geary, Husband, Kidnapper, Extortioner Uses Harlem As Hideout

We posted a story last week regarding Daniel J. Wakin’s great book The Man With the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block, where mentions kidnapper, mail extortioner, gangster Percy Geary, who used 334 Riverside Drive in West Harlem, NY as a hideout.

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Actress, William Randolph Hearst Lover And Harlemite Marion Davies,1897 – 1961

Marion Cecilia Davies (née Douras, January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961) was an American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Colonel Hubert Fauntleroy Julian, “The Black Eagle Of Harlem” (video)

1931-01_julianHubert Julian was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1897, the son of a cocoa plantation manager. He migrated to Canada in 1914, where he claimed to have learned to pilot an aeroplane and served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Continue Reading →

It’s Black Romance Films For Valentine’s Day At the Schomburg In Harlem

Join the Schomburg Center for special screenings of four of our favorite Black romance films as a fun ode to Valentine’s Day in Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →

Bobby Robinson, Bobby’s Records And Tape Center, Harlem NY 1950- 1990

Bobby Robinson, April 16, 1917 – January 7, 2011, was an American independent record producer and songwriter in New York City, most active from the 1950s through the mid-1980s. Continue Reading →

Join The Public Hearing On Proposed Designation Of The East Harlem Buildings

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold a public hearing on the proposed designation of three East Harlem buildings. Continue Reading →

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

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We originally ran The Story Of Harlem’s Baby “Betty Boop” Esther in 2016, and again in 2017, and received a number of emails asking if Baby Esther was the original “Betty Boop” voice? We suggest reading the story to decide for yourself.

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The History Of The Harlem World Club (video)

gangstergee09Today, the old Harlem World Club building is a Conway’s on 116th and Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue), but it was also the place for the drugstore chain Woolworth. But more importantly, from 1978 to 1985, it was the home of legendary disco, The Harlem World Club. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s James Baldwin “Pin Drop Speech” At Cambridge University, 1965 (Video)

Harlem’s James Baldwin delivers earth shattering speech with Harlem as his starting point in talking about all black folks at Cambridge University during a debate with William F. Buckley in 1965.

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Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton Talks Baseball On The Danny Tisdale Show (Video)

Harriet Kimbro-HamiltonToday Danny Tisdale talked to Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton about her baseball legend father Henry Kimbro and her new book Daddy’s Scrapbook, Henry Kimbro of the Negro Baseball League, A Daughter’s Perspective on The Danny Tisdale Show. Continue Reading →

Harlem Cultural Archives: “Assemblymember Al Taylor,” Harlem NY (Full Video)

A great interview by the folks at Harlem Cultural Archives with Harlem Assembly member Al Taylor in New York City. Continue Reading →

“Drop Me Off In Harlem,” By Guinness Book Of World Record Holder Adelaide Louise Hall

Adelaide Louise Hall was a dynamo, she was born on the 20 October 1901 – 7 November 1993, an American-born UK-based jazz singer and entertainer. Continue Reading →

Adelaide Louise Hall’s Rich Harlem History, 1901 – 1993 (Audio Video)

Adelaide Louise Hall, 20 October 1901 – 7 November 1993, was an American-born UK-based jazz singer and entertainer. Continue Reading →

The Grand Boule’ History

This Ebony magazine article posted below was originally written to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Grand Boule in 2004: Continue Reading →

Goldie Brangman And Evan Koch Talk Dr. Martin Luther King Jr In Harlem On Harlem World Radio (Audio)

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As part of Black History Month listen to 94 year old Harlem Hospital nurse Goldie Brangman and writer Evan Koch as they talk Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Black History Month 2018 Programs At The Apollo Theatre In Harlem

On this first day of February, we wanted to share the Apollo ‘s suite of upcoming Black History Month programs –including their major Season highlight – Soundtrack ’63 happening on February 24th, 2018. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Style Of Norton And Margot 1933 – 1947

tumblr_nkey1zNqqu1rb3osco2_500From 1933 until 1947 Margot Webb and Harold Norton performed on the Afro-American vaudeville circuits of night clubs and theatres in Harlem, around the Northeast and the Midwest. Continue Reading →

“Harlem” Duke Ellington’s Masterpiece 1989 – 1993 (Video)

We love this great post by Charles Bradley II on Youtube of a rare video from music master Duke Ellington’s beautifully complicated “Harlem,” 1989 – 1993: Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Gracie Mansion, 75 Years As The People’s House Lecture

In this lecture, Paul Gunther, Gracie Mansion Conservancy Executive Director, will explore the Mansion’s evolution architecturally, culturally, and politically in its first 219 years. Continue Reading →

Submission For Burnt-Out Landmark In Harlem

NY Yimby reports that a proposal been submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission by PMA Architecture for 449 Convent Avenue, in Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →