Harlem’s Swimming And Floating Baths

harlem diving bathing beauty 1900During the 19th century, many Harlem, New York children escaped the heat by swimming in the Hudson or East rivers—they’d either jump off the piers or use enclosed swimming areas called “floating baths.” Continue Reading →

Philip A. Payton, Jr., Harlem Real Estate Visionary

453px-Phillip_A._Payton,_OutlookPhilip A. Payton, Jr., (February 27, 1876 – August 1917) was an African American real estate entrepreneur, known as the “Father of Harlem”, due to his work renting properties in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City to African Americans. Continue Reading →