The original settlers of Harlem were the Wecksquaesgeek Indians, who raised corn and tobacco, and called their land Quinnahung, or Planting Neck.
A photograph of the Central Park natural Spring entrance by photographed by James Reuel Smith at West 109th Street at Eighth Avenue in central Harlem, NY, on March 18, 1901.
A light photograph of Michael Barry’s well and horse carriage, on the north side of West 137th Street, between Lenox and Fifth Avenues in Harlem, NY, on April 21, 1898.
Unidentified boy with water container photographed by James Reuel Smith at an old rough Well on the Hudson River shore (to the right) looking southeast from West 158th Street, in Continue Reading →
A great, clear photograph by James Reuel Smith looking northwest taken of the Wells and Springs building on the shoreline of the Hudson River (with a ship passing in the distance), Continue Reading →
Turn of the century Harlem photograph by James Reuel Smith, a small Harlem boy sitting a top a well on the northeast corner of Broadway and West 124th Street, Harlem, Continue Reading →
It was spring time in Harlem, when photographer James Reuel Smith, took this image of the Hudson River Well, between West 122nd and West 123rd Streets, looking northeast in West Harlem, Continue Reading →
Harlem is a rich and historical place in whiskey lore dating back to the Wecksquaesgeek Indians to settlers in the Dutch in the 1600’s to prohibition from the 1920’s to 1930’s during the Continue Reading →
Unidentified boy is photographed by James Reuel Smith seated on a boulder above a spring at St. Nicholas Avenue and West 139th Street, Harlem, New York, May 5, 1899.