The Legendary Paul “Wabash” Dresser, Wealthy Entertainer, Songwriter, And Publisher In Harlem, 1857 – 1906

Harlemite Paul Dresser, born April 22, 1857 – January 30, 1906, was a singer, songwriter, and comedic actor of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Continue Reading →


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“King Of Ragtime” Scott Joplin Lived In Harlem

Scott Joplin was a historic figure to the numerous cultural icons to have lived near St. Nicholas Park in Harlem. At 163 West 131st street as the address Joplin lived in last as one of the world’s most famous composer’s King of Ragtime composer Scott Joplin once lived. Continue Reading →


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HW Pick: Is Preservation Elitist?

IsPreservationElitist_HeroWhile many of New York’s designated historic districts are known for their grand architecture (such as Brooklyn Heights and the Upper East Side), an increasing number of others – including Tin Pan Alley, Flushing, Weeksville, and Chinatown– are famed for their distinctive cultural character.  Continue Reading →


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