Congregation Ansche Chesed, Harlem 1876-

AnscheChesed1927ExtCongregation Ansche Chesed (People of Mercy) was founded in 1876 as a German-speaking synagogue in Yorkville. From about 1877 to 1909 the congregation worshiped at 160 East 112th Street, in a building now used by Christ Apostolic Church of U.S.A. Continue Reading →

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 →