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 →

Alexander Hamilton At Battle Of Harlem Heights, NY 1757–1804

MNY90143 Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) in the Uniform of the New York Artillery (oil on canvas) by Chappel, Alonzo (1828-87) oil on canvas © Museum of the City of New York, USA American, out of copyright

A painting of Alexander Hamilton during the American Revolutionary War, at the Battle of Harlem Heights in New York on September 16, 1776. Continue Reading →

Restore Grant’s Tomb To Its Glory (Photographs)

Hearing the term “national park,” most Americans probably think of Yellowstone or Yosemite, expanses that preserve some of the most remarkable natural features in the country. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, And Other Docs At Swann Galleries

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana, featuring powerful ephemera both painful and uplifting from oft-overlooked chapters of American history. Continue Reading →

‘Hamilton,’ Original Broadway Cast Recording, 2016

Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)Hamilton” – which transferred to Broadway following a sold-out run at The Public Theater in NYC – is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. Continue Reading →

The West Harlem Pier, Harlem, New York 1850-1965

130th street in harlem1For thousands of years while the Muscoota and the Wecksquaesgeek Indians lived in this entire section of upper Manhattan Island, the natural topography of this site in West Harlem formed a valley and small sheltered cove off the Hudson River, also known as the North River. Continue Reading →

The Battle Of Harlem Heights NY 1776

harlem_heightsThe Battle of Harlem Heights was fought during the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The action took place in what is now the Morningside Heights and east into the future Harlem neighborhoods of northwestern Manhattan Island in New York Town on September 16, 1776. Continue Reading →

“The Remarkable Rise Of Eliza Jumel,” In Harlem Heights

eliza jumel in harlem1The NY Times writes George Washington slept there, but, oh, to have been a fly on the wall of that mansion in Harlem Heights, Manhattan’s oldest surviving house, a few decades later, when Eliza Bowen moved uptown from what became Reade Street to live there with her husbands, Stephen Jumel and (again) Aaron Burr. (One at a time, of course.) Continue Reading →