Harlem’s Billie “Eleanora Fagan” Holiday

Billie Holiday Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Continue Reading →

Rosa Parks’ Memorabilia In Harlem Warehouse

rosa-parks-archiveRosa Parks’ lifetime belongings continue to sit unsold in a Harlem warehouse. The decades-old civil rights memorabilia, including her Presidential Medal of Freedom and a signed postcard from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been up for auction since 2006. Continue Reading →

The “Harlem Dragball” Award Ceremony And Dinner

harlems-drag-ballHonoring 100 Harlem Ballroom competitors from the “Red Era” (1986-1990)

The “Harlem Dragball” community on Saturday, April 19th 2014, at the Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom at 440 West 57th St., NYC @ 6pm., will honor individuals for their over 25 years of dedication and historical preservation of the Harlem Ballroom Dragball competitions which now in 2014 has expanded globally with events being held around the world in countries of Japan, Russia, England, and France. Continue Reading →

Sheila Guyse “Miracle In Harlem” And “Harlem Follies of 1949″ Star

Sheila Guyse in harlemEtta Drucille Guyse (rhymes with “nice”), known as Sheila Guyse, (July 14, 1925 – December 28, 2013) was a popular African-American singer, actress, and recording artist, performing on stage and screen during the 1940s and 1950s, in the Dorothy Dandridge film era. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Globetrotters, A Game Of ‘Reems’ And Equality

harlem globetrotters1A long time has passed since the first teams were formed by athletic clubs in the 1920s, but basketball still occupies a prominent place amongst Harlem’s entertainments. Continue Reading →

Horse Drawn Carriage, Harlem, 1913

1913-E-124-St-HARLEM-NYC-New-York-City-SUBWAY-Photo-Horse-Drawn-road-1024x768A horse drawn carriage, work men and construction at East 124th Street in East Harlem, New York, on June 26th, 1913. Continue Reading →

Pilot Lands On St. Nicholas Avenue, 1956

04cityroom-plane-blog480Surprise airplane landings always make headlines. Who will forget Capt. Chesley Sullenberger steering a US Airways jetliner onto the Hudson River in 2009? Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Renaissance Casino, 1924

Harlem Renassance BallroomThe Harlem Renaissance Ballroom opened in 1923. The casino was built by the black-owned Sarco Realty Company. The Ballroom at 138th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, quaked with the frenzied rhythms of the Lindy Hop. Continue Reading →

Vandervoort & Tucker And The Harlem Beach Baths, 1880′s

washburn-in-1882In the early 1880′s the Harlem Beach Baths property on the west side along the Harlem piers was owned by Charles M. Vandervoort and William G. Tucker, including several small frame buildings, a two-story frame factory that made paints, oils and cement. Continue Reading →

Hotel Olga: Race Retreat Of The Harlem Renaissance

591In December 1920, Ed H. Wilson opened a small hotel expressly for Harlem’s African-American clientele.  In an era when Harlem’s now iconic Hotel Theresa still loomed as a citadel of racial exclusion, his now idle 3-story building at Lenox Avenue and 145th Street stood as a crucible of black tourism. Continue Reading →

125th Street And Lexington Avenue, Harlem 1912

125th-Street-and-Lexington-Avenue-nyc-0152In this black and white photo, taken in Harlem on October 28, 1912, Election Day seems to be taking precedence over Halloween.

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“King” George Clemons in Harlem, 1966

king george2“King” George Clemons grew up in Virginia. During the 60′s he moved up to New York and started singing in clubs in Harlem. Continue Reading →