The Joe Louis Restaurant & Bar, Harlem, 1950

joe louis bar in harlemA great image of The Joe Louis Restaurant & Bar still under construction on the north side of 125th Street (between 8th and 7th Avenue) in Central Harlem, New York, 1950. Continue Reading →

HW Remix: Knocking on Harlem’s Door

harlem100726_560We thought this story by Chris Smith that orignally ran in the NYMagazine on November 3, 2010 would be informative as we head into the primary elections in June 2014.

It’s a campaign-kickoff rally straight out of the playbook: festive red-white-and-blue posters, lapel buttons featuring the smiling candidate, a soundtrack of upbeat and strenuously unobjectionable tunes. Continue Reading →

Marva Trotter Louis, Harlem Model, 1936

Marva_LewisHarlem’s Marva Trotter Louis, the Chicago stenographer turned model, singer and the first wife of boxing legend Joe Louis and had two children (daughter Jacqueline in 1943 and son Joseph Louis Barrow, Jr. in 1947). Continue Reading →

“The Waldorf of Harlem,” The Hotel Theresa, Harlem NY (video)

MNY219441The Hotel Theresa, located at 2082-96 Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Boulevard between West 124th and 125th Streets in Harlem, NY, was, in the mid-20th century, a vibrant center of African American life in the area and the city. 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 →