Marva Trotter’s Timeless Beauty (Photographs)

 A smiling, Marva Trotter "the most beautiful woman in Harlem" steps into her Duesenberg in Harlem, 1940's.

If ever there were a real-life Cleopatra—a woman whose beauty could knockout champions, or launch a thousand ships—it was Marva Trotter dubbed “the most beautiful woman in Harlem”. Continue Reading →

A Conversation With Harlem’s Vy Higginsen

anthony cu-vy-higginsen-smilingBy Anthony T. Eaton

Harlem was founded in the century as a Dutch outpost and over time developed into a farming village, a revolutionary battlefield, a resort town, a commuter town and a ghetto. Continue Reading →

Lenox Avenue And 115th Street Harlem, NY 1910

upclose-view-of-lenox-avenue-115th-street-harlem-ny-1910-36An intimate view looking north of Harlemites going about their daily activity on Lenox Avenue and 115th Street in Harlem, New York around 1910.

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Shop Harlem: Woman’s Burberry Rain Boot, Perfect For All Harlem Weather

blueberry boot left and right in harlem1These high gloss Burberry rain “riding” boots with signature checked trim, pull-on construction, and that non-slip sole is on point are perfect for this crazy Harlem weather. Continue Reading →

“Moxie Moxie” At Lexington Avenue Harlem New York 1911

moxie-moxieThis window is a wonderful moment frozen in time at a Harlem store at 1718 / 1720 Lexington Avenue and 108th Street in Harlem, New, York, 1911

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Harlem Drug Store, 125th Street And 3rd Avenue, Harlem 1871

harlem-drugs-store 1900A rare tattered photograph of the Harlem Drug Store on the northwest corner of 125th Street and 3rd Avenue, in East Harlem, New York, 1871.

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1718 / 1720 Lexington Avenue, Harlem, NY 1911

1718-1720-lexington-avenue-108th-street-1911-upper-east-side-manhattan-nyc-24Street view photograph taken from across the street looking West at retail buildings at 1718 / 1720 Lexington Avenue and 108th Street, Harlem, New York, 1911.

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November Is New York State History Month

NYS-History-Month-logo1Our friends at the New York History Blog reported that in 1997, the New York State Legislature established November as New York State History Month “to celebrate the history of New York state and recognize the contributions of the state and local historians.” The celebration has been mostly ignored since 2002. Continue Reading →

Lexington Avenue And 98th Street, Harlem, NY 1914

lexington-avenue-98th-street-harlem usa-1914-24Looking south down Lexington Avenue at 98th Street on the Upper East Side in East Harlem, New York on April, 5th, 1914

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Horse Drawn Carriage On Lenox Avenue Harlem, NY 1910

upclose-view-of-horse-wagon-on-lenox-avenue-135th-street-harlem-ny-1910-24Up-close view of horse drawn carriage and wagon loaded with material on Lenox Avenue and 135th Street in Harlem, New York 1910

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110th Street And Broadway, Harlem 1910

110th-street-broadway-upper-west-side-new-york-ny-1910-20Looking north on the uptown side of 110th Street and Broadway in Harlem. New York 1910

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157th Street, Washington Heights, NY, 1911

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A great photograph looking south towards Sugar Hill in Harlem on Broadway at 157th Street train station in Washington Heights, New York, 1911. Continue Reading →

The Claremont Hotel, Harlem, New York 1915

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A spectacular night-time photograph looking south of the Claremont Hotel, located just a block north of Grant’s Tomb, was a legendary, Riverside venue (between 121st and 123rd Streets) for the well-to-do in its day in West Harlem, New York.
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Dr. Clarkes’s Centenary Culls Celebration in Harlem

ASCAC elders in harlem worldBy Vinette K. Pryce

The 100th birthday anniversary of Dr. John Henrik Clarke was marked by ceremonial tributes from his students and a plethora of nostalgic recollections of the Pan-African, educator, historian and cultural icon. Continue Reading →

Two Street Musicians, Harlem, New York, 1943

harlem-street-musiciains1Two Harlem street musicians on the street in Harlem, New York, June, 1943. Continue Reading →