Ella Fitzgerald The “First Lady Of Jazz” Sings And Swings In Harlem (Video)

Ella Fitzgerald sometimes referred to as the First Lady of SongQueen of Jazz, First Lady of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was born on April 25, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia. She was the daughter of William Fitzgerald and Temperance “Tempie” Henry. Continue Reading →

Isidor Straus And Wife, The Harlemites Who Died On The Titanic 1912

Isidor Straus, February 6, 1845 – April 15, 1912, was a German-born American Jewish businessman, politician and co-owner of Macy’s department store with his brother Nathan. Continue Reading →

West Harlem’s Famous Straus Park Video A Window Into Harlem’s History

The video was taken at Straus Park is a small landscaped park on the Upper West Side of Harlem where we found this old sound film of a public park at West 106th Street, in West Harlem, NY on January 9, 1930. Continue Reading →

The Merchant Mueller Tailor. Building Harlem’s Little Bespoke Shop 1900’s

Two little Harlem boys look at the photographer as they stand against the railing in front of an amazing Merchant Mueller Tailor. architectural building somewhere in Harlem, NY, during the early 1900s (we think earlier than listed). Continue Reading →

Old Broadway Synagogue In Harlem Receives NY Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Grant

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced a $5,000 grant to Old Broadway Synagogue in Harlem to help fund structural repairs to reinforce floor joists and beams. Continue Reading →

Harold Jackman, The Most Handsome Man In Harlem 1920’s-1930’s

harlem jackmanIf you scan the index of any reputable book on the Harlem Renaissance, you should find at least one listing for Harold Jackman.  Continue Reading →

7 Authors Free Audio Books Inspired By The Harlem Renaissance

We’ve curated Open Culture‘s list of hundreds of downloaded free audio books, mostly classics, that you can access on your MP3 player or computer with authors who have been inspired by the Harlem Renaissance for your listening pleasure. Continue Reading →

“The Harlem Hitler” Killed And Father Divine In Harlem In The NY Times, August 1, 1938

This is a rare original document of Harlem History from The New York Times newspaper, from August 1, 1938, regarding the controversial Sufi Abdul Hamid, who was killed when his airplane crashed in Long Island. Continue Reading →