The Schinasi Mansion in Harlem, 1891

America was the land of opportunity to Mussa Schinasi and his brother Solomon in 1891. The young men hailed from Manisa in Asia Minor and conditions for the Sephardic Jews in Turkey had noticeably declined by the end of the 19th Century. Continue Reading →

Schinasi Brothers Cigarette Factory, Harlem 1883

In 1904 this cigarette factory at 309-11 West 120th Street in Harlem were made the superior high quality cigarettes made from expensive imported Turkish tobacco. Continue Reading →