Harlem River Looking South, 1890

harlem river looking south at harlemThe High Bridge and Washington Bridge, on the Harlem River, looking south, at piers, wharves and boats along the Harlem River shoreline, 1890. Continue Reading →

Harlem Lane, Harlem, 1900

Harlem Lane was an old road in the area that served as a popular racecourse for horse-drawn carriages in the 19th century. Continue Reading →

The Roman Catholic Benevolent Society, Harlem, 1846

The Roman Catholic Benevolent Society, established in 1817, was the oldest charitable institution in the Archdiocese of New York. Continue Reading →

Harlem Regatta Association, 1873

The New York Rowing Association (the “Association”) was founded by returning civil war veterans in Harlem around 1866. Continue Reading →

High Bridge Tower, Along the Harlem, New York, 1872

4a12620rHigh Bridge Tower stands in High Bridge Park on the Manhattan side of the Harlem River east of East 174th Street. Continue Reading →

The Speedway, Harlem River, 1900′s (video)

washginton bridge in upper manhattanAn incredible photograph of the Speedway, Harlem River under the Washington Bridge. The “Speedway” was built in 1900 at a cost of over three million dollars. Continue Reading →

Wecksquaesgeek Indians, Harlem

The original settlers of Harlem were the Wecksquaesgeek Indians, who raised corn and tobacco, and called their land Quinnahung, or Planting Neck. Continue Reading →