Harlem Fish Market, 1920’s

The Douglas Theater, Harlem, 1920

On 143rd Street and Lenox Avenue sat the Douglas Theater, depending on which of my sources is correct, either 600 or 2200 seats (which in 1935 expanded to 2300, which could indicate that an orchestra pit was covered over to add more seating). Continue Reading →

Vivian Harris, the Voice of the Apollo Theater (video)

vivian harris harlem ownVivian Harris, the woman known as the ‘voice of the Apollo’ for her long association with the famous Harlem theatre. Continue Reading →

Drop Me Off In Harlem, Ella Fitzgerald, 1933 (video)

Photo of Ella Fitzgerald

“Drop Me Off in Harlem” is a 1933 song composed by Duke Ellington, with lyrics written by Nick Kenny. A.H. Lawrence writes that the song originated from an off the cuff remark from Ellington. Continue Reading →

Madonna At The Celebrity Club In Harlem, 1983

madonna celebrity club harlem 06-17-83 - 03Here is Madonna the “Material Girl” performing at the Celebrity Club with her dancers in Harlem, 1983 (we love the dancer with the flashlight on the right). Continue Reading →

Jack Johnson rides through Harlem in 1921

jack-johnson-1921Jack Johnson rides through central Harlem in 1921. Continue Reading →

Qoute of the Week: “It isn’t necessary to mix with colored people if you don’t feel like it…”

Jimmy_durante_1964Amid the fake palm trees of the Cotton Club, white America discovered black culture. Throughout the twenties, the limos lined up on 133rd Street between Lenox and Seventh avenues, known as Jungle Alley, with its slew of clubs, of which the Cotton Club was king. Continue Reading →

The Original Cotton Club, Lenox Avenue, 1920’s.

381043_321299567897673_376887613_nThe venue on Lenox Avenue was first opened in 1920 as the Club Deluxe, under the ownership of the former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Sugar Ray Robinson’s Sweet Success

On what would have been Sugar Ray Robinson’s 91st birthday, dignitaries and the sporting world gathered to unveil a ceremonial street sign in Harlem where the legendary boxer once owned a business. Continue Reading →