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 →

Harlem Shack, 5th Avenue And 140th Street, 1927

1927Harlem_140-St_smA different Harlem existed during the roaring twenties leading up to the Great Depression, like this Harlem Shack, on 5th Avenue and 140th Street, in 1927. Continue Reading →