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 →

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 →

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 →

Sufi Abdul “The Black Hitler” Hamid And Wife Stephanie “Queenie” Saint-Clair In Harlem, 1938 (Photograph)

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Harlem religious and labor leader, Sufi Abdul Hamid, aka “Black Hitler,” 1903 – 1938, with his wife, Harlem mob boss, Stephanie Saint-Clair, aka “Queenie,” and “Queen Of The Harlem Racket,” 1886 – 1969, in formal dress, January 23, 1938. Continue Reading →

Riverside Park View Of Navy Ships Harlem NY 1915 (Photographs)

Photographed by Walter L. Bogert on a mound at Riverside Park, with two views from the “northern extremity” of Morningside Heights from 123rd to 129th Streets in Harlem, looking across the Hudson River from behind the Pergola to the Palisades of New Jersey, on May 10, 1915. Continue Reading →

Harold Jackman, The Boulevardier Of Harlem, 1920’s (Photograph)

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

Harlem Hellfighters, Harlem, NY 1913

hellfightersThe 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, was an infantry regiment of the United States Army that saw action in World War I and World War II. Continue Reading →

Tomb Of Little St. Clair Pollack “An Amiable Child” Harlem, NY, 1911

The photograph of the Amiable Child Monument is a monument located in New York City’s Riverside Park. It stands west of the southbound lanes of Riverside Drive north of 122nd Street, in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Claremont Hotel, Riverside Park, Harlem, NY, 1820’s

This early nineteenth-century structure was located on the high ground overlooking the Hudson River on the line of West 126th Street, just north of Grant’s Tomb. Continue Reading →

The Amazing Story Of Michael Hogan, Founder Of Harlem’s Claremont Inn, 1807-1833

Michael Hogan, 1766-1833, was an Irish-born shipowner, East India captain, slave runner, privateer, convict ship captain, involved in the early settlement of Australia, American land speculator. Continue Reading →

Lenox Avenue And 120th Street, Harlem, NY, 1936

Old NYC posted this rare photograph of working laying phone or electrical wire looking north on downtown side of Lenox Avenue (today renamed Malcolm X Blvd.,) from 120th Street in Central Harlem, New York, March 12, 1901. Continue Reading →