A New Community Rose Grows in Harlem

Water surrounds it. The East, Harlem and Hudson Rivers form its boundaries, but Harlem is transcendent. For generations, this neighborhood has been the spiritual center of African-American and Caribbean life in the United States.

The West Harlem Pier, Harlem, New York 1850-1965

For thousands of years while the Muscoota and the Wecksquaesgeek Indians lived in this entire section of upper Manhattan Island, the natural topography of this site in West Harlem formed a valley and small sheltered cove off the Hudson River, also known as the North River.