Columbia College Boathouse, Harlem, 1895

ColumbiaboathouseSide view of the (then) new Columbia College Boathouse, at 115th Street and the Hudson River, Harlem, New York, 1895. Continue Reading →

Souleo: The Politics of Preserving African-American Historic Sites

Hinchliffe Stadium_Courtesy of Duncan KendallBy Souleo

A discount furniture store now occupies the space where boxing legend, Joe Frazier trained in Philadelphia. Continue Reading →

The Sugar Hill Development is Not Sweet, Or Is It?

lead_large“Why’re you taking a picture of the building? It’s fucking ugly.” With those words, a construction worker greeted the writer Mark Byrnes at City Lab last Thursday as he approached the entrance to David Adjaye’s Sugar Hill development, on the site of a former brownfield on West 155th and Saint Nicholas Avenue in West Harlem. Continue Reading →

Marble Collegiate Church “America’s Hometown Church,” 1901

Marble Collegiate Church and Holland House, New York 1901The Marble Collegiate Church, founded in 1628, is one of the oldest continuous Protestant congregations in North America. Continue Reading →

Harlem Fire Watchtower and Acropolis Guided Tour

4669273297_c1f43c4164_zThis month It’s This Is my Park Day in May at Mount Morris Park Preservationist and Architect Angel Ayon will be giving a guided tour of the Harlem Fire Watchtower and Acropolis on Saturday, May 17th, from 1pm – 2pm.

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Mount Morris Bank Building, 1883, Harlem

This is the 1883 Mount Morris Bank Building (it was expanded in 1897). This was the only branch and the headquarters for this bank. Eventually the Corn Exchange Bank, a fore – runner of Chemical Bank, took it over. 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 →