Harlem’s Samuel Jesse Battle, A Career Of Firsts

samuel jSamuel Jesse Battle (born January 16, 1883 in New Bern, North Carolina). His parents were among the last generation born into Southern slavery, and his own birth in 1883 was notable for another benchmark: At 16 pounds, he was the biggest baby ever recorded in North Carolina. Continue Reading →

From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale At Maysles In Harlem

the bronxThere’s a postage stamp of urban sidewalk known by people of a certain age for having burned to the ground. A more recent generation knows it as the place where hip-hop was born. Continue Reading →

Gavin Brown Moving New Gallery To Harlem

Gavin-Brown-2-Courtesy-Gavin-Browns-Enterprise-350x263NYTimes reports that Harlem may be far from the madding crowd of galleries in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. But this summer Gavin Brown is closing his Gavin Brown’s Enterprise shop on Greenwich Street in the West Village and moving his gallery to a former brewery at 461 West 126th Street. Continue Reading →