Pod’s And Jerry’s, A Legendary Harlem Speakeasy, Billie Holidays First Gig, And More

Pod’s and Jerry’s, officially the Catagonia Club, was a cabaret and jazz club on 133rd Street in Harlem, New York from 1925-1948. Continue Reading →

Dickie “Mr. Harlem,” Wells, Harlem Playboy And Entrepreunuer, 1920-1949

Richard “Dickie” Wells, known as, “Mr. Harlem,” 1908-1949, was one of Harlem’s most gifted tap dancers, nightclub owners, and last but certainly not least, its most notorious male gigolo and playboy. Continue Reading →

The Rockland Palace Dance Hall, Harlem NY 1920

the Hamilton Lodge BallThe Rockland Palace was a famous event hall at the corner of 155th street and Frederick Douglass Avenues in Harlem, where political rallies, sport events, concerts, and elaborate dragballs were held during the Harlem Renaissance.  Continue Reading →


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