A Glance At The Pre-History Of Harlem To 1865

Muscoota indiansThere was a woodpecker at work on the big cherry-tree this morning. For an hour he hammered away, with an industry which ought to have brought him a good breakfast. Continue Reading →

Rambles Around Early Harlem With Master Felix And More

From Early New York – Rambles Around Harlem

These words were certainly not spoken. They came back to me from the mists of half a century ago, and were the echo of my thoughts. Continue Reading →

When Harlem Was ‘New Lancaster’ And More, 1636 – 1843

New-York-City-NYC-1882-MT-MORRIS-PARK-TOWER-IN-HARLEM-Glass-Magic-Lantern-SlideFrom Early New York – Wrestling With Harlem

The lapse of time, I find, has wrought as great havoc with the patronymics of Hollanders as my boyish lips ever did with the names of Hebrew worthies and the rivers and hills of Palestine. Continue Reading →

Residence Of Judge Ingraham, Harlem, NY, 1858

judges home in harlemResidence of Judge (Daniel Phoenix) Ingraham, he was third Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, was born in New York City, April  2, 1800.

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Razing Harlem’s Renaissance Is ‘Cultural Genocide’


A preservation battle is brewing over Harlem’s historic Renaissance Ballroom & Casino, whose stage used to host acts like Count Basie, Duke Ellington and many, many more. Continue Reading →

Canoe Tilting, The Colonial Yacht Club Of Harlem, 1910-1915

canoe titling in harlem2Here are four great turn of the century photographs from the beginning to end of the ‘canoe tilting’ contest which was one of the events during the annual Commodore Cup of the Colonial Yacht Club Of Harlem that ran 16 miles along Riverside Drive, in Harlem, New York from 1910-1915. Continue Reading →