Silvias Woods, Harlem’s Queen Of Soul Food And Business

slyvia-woodsSylvia Woods (February 2, 1926 – July 19, 2012) was an American restaurateur who co-founded the landmark restaurant Sylvia’s in Harlem on Lenox Avenue, New York City with her husband, Herbert Woods, in 1962. 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 →

Muhammad Ali and Stevie Wonder at The Apollo, 1963

Muhammad Ali and Stevie Wonder backstage at the Apollo Theatre, in 1963. We think the image was taken before a performance by “Little” Stevie Wonder as he was known at the time (read Robin V., think that’s Ronnie Spector looking at the camera). Continue Reading →

James Van Der Zee’s G.G.G. Studio, Harlem, 1940′s

VanDerZeeStudio125A rare photograph of the James Van Der Zee’s studio located on the east side of Lenox Avenue between 123rd and 124th Streets, in the 1940′s.  Continue Reading →

Photographer Gordon Parks Harlem Swagger

Gordon Parks Harlem swaggerGordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. Continue Reading →