One Of The Wealthiest Men In NYC, The Legendary Real Estate Guru Harlem’s Henry C. Parker, 1850-1930

October 13, 2022

The legendary, Henry C. Parker, one of the wealthiest men In NYC, real estate developer, and partner of another real estate legend Harlem’s John Nail, 1850-1930.

Henry C. Parker, Harlem real estate and chairman of the board of Harlem”s YWCA on 135th Street.

John E. Nail and Henry C. Parker, who left the Afro-American Realty Company to pursue even greater success, become the ‘little Fathers’ of Harlem.

Emilio_Guerra reports in his great Flickr post that Henry C. Parker, of the noted African-American real estate firm of Nail & Parker,”* was chairman of the committee to select a property in Harlem for the Colored Men’s Branch of the YMCA.

A lot at 181 West 135th Street was purchased in 1916, and a six-story YMCA building, the West 135th Street Branch, was constructed in 1918-19 to the neo-Renaissance style design of John F. Jackson.

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Parker was the wealthiest black man in New York state until he lost his torture to the 1929 stock market depression, wrote Jet Magazine.

Parker had a real estate partnership with John Nail, called Nail and Parker, at 145 West 135th Street, in Harlem, NY.


He died of a heart attack mentioned in Jet magazine.

Photo credit: 1) “10 Parks,” illustration. 2) John E. Nail and Henry C. Parker. 3) Tear sheet ad Screenshot.

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