James Baldwin On “Beautiful” Harlem Streets NY 1963

In his speech and writings, James Baldwin describes a bleak, lonely, hungry exile in which he and all American blacks, whatever their station and fortune, go from dawn to dusk in constant terror. His early exile began in Harlem's streets which he later said were filled with beautiful black people despoiled by the pressure of the white world. He is shown walking on a street in New York, June 19, 1963. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)

Novelist, playwright, and essaying James Baldwin on the street of his hometown in Harlem, New York, June 3, 1963.

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Harlem Man Charged In Super Bowl Sunday killing And Death Of Man On Stoop Three Years Ago

murderA man already facing murder charges in a slaying on Super Bowl Sunday in Harlem has been linked to a second murder in the neighborhood — this one more than three years earlier, police said Tuesday. Continue Reading →

“The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story Of Food And Hustle In Harlem” By Marcus Samuelsson

red-rooster-cover1When the James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, he envisioned more than a restaurant. Continue Reading →

Harlem Boy Covered In Bruises, 6, Dies At Hospital

zymere-from-harlemA 6-year-old Harlem boy covered in bruises died after being rushed to the hospital by his mother, police said Tuesday. Continue Reading →

Mothers Of Men Killed In Police Confrontations Rally For Mom Of Harlem Man Shot By Cops

bah26n-1-webShe is not alone.

Mothers of men killed in questionable confrontations with police gathered once again Sunday, this time to support one of their own, whose son was killed four years ago after an emotional distress call to cops. Continue Reading →

Gun-wielding Skateboarder Sought In Shooting Death Of Harlem Man

crime-men-in-harlem1A gun-toting skateboarder shot a man dead outside a Harlem apartment building, police said Sunday. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Samuel Riley “Silent Sam” Pierce, 1922 – 2000

New York City -- Donald S. Stralem, Chairman of the New York City USO Committee, announces that Judge Samuel Riley Pierce, Jr. of the Court of General Sessions has accepted his invitation to serve as a member of this Committee. January 05, 1960. (Photo by Barney Stein/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)

Samuel Riley Pierce, Jr., September 8, 1922 – October 31, 2000, was a Harlemite who was Ronald Reagan‘s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from January 23, 1981 until January 20, 1989. Continue Reading →

Harlem Wedding Of Nat and Maria Cole, 1948

6a00e55127ad358833017d42678ffe970c-800wiThey were dressed to the nines!  After all, it was Sunday in Harlem.  Harlemites were known to dress their best, in the finest materials, and in the latest of styles for the Sunday afternoon fashion parades on the avenues.  Continue Reading →

21 Year Old Man Shot In Head In Harlem

double-shootingA 21-year-old man died after he was shot in the face outside a Harlem apartment building Friday, according to cops and relatives of the victim. Continue Reading →

Subway Construction At West 110 Street Harlem, 1901

110th-and-7th-avenue-subway1A wonderful photograph on August 10th, 1901, the photographer is looking on the downtown side of the northwest corner in front of subway construction at West 110th Street and 7th Avenue in Harlem, New York.

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