Advocates KickOff 2015 Uptown Housing March

Emergency Tenant Protection Act1The rent laws protecting over 2.5 million New Yorkers are set to expire in 2015, and tenant advocates are committing to renewing and strengthening the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. Continue Reading →

110th Street And 5th Avenue, Harlem, NY 1919

110th Street and 5th Avenue  1919  Photo by Jacob Applebaum  From the Museum of the City of New York.

A surreal photograph looking north with Harlem Meer in Central Park behind the photographer on the corner of 5th Avenue at 110th Street, Harlem, New York, 1919. Continue Reading →

Zombies Thrilled To Invade Harlem

michael-jacksonThe dead will bring Harlem to life on Harloween. Hundreds of dancing zombies are expected to flood Lenox Ave. near 124th St. on Oct. 31 for a rousing rendition of the late legendary pop artist Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Continue Reading →

Black Fives History Of Basketball At The New York Historical Society

The Black Fives exhibition (on view at the New-York Historical Society March 14 — July 20, 2014) will explore the pioneering history of the African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. Continue Reading →

The Goat House, ‘Maltilda The Goat’ And ‘A Harlem Goat’ Poem, 1898

The archival photo above from Harlem+Bespoke was taken in 1898 shows one of the last country houses that still remained in the Morningside Heights area on the northeast corner at West 120th Street and Amsterdam Avenue when signs of rural life still remained in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Pinehurst, aka Koch’s New Mount St. Vincent’s Hotel

kochsnewmtstvincentOccasionally one comes across mention of “Koch’s New Mount St. Vincent’s Hotel,” a quasi-rural roadhouse that opened in the vicinity of Hamilton Heights around 1883 or 1884, after the old Mount St. Vincent’s Hotel in Central Park burned down (in 1881) and before the new one opened (in 1884). This operated at least until the 1890s. Continue Reading →