Author: Harlem Shill

  • Mount Morris Park, Almost Treeless

    Mount Morris Park, Almost Treeless

    In the 1930’s the Works Project Administration set hundreds of workers on a makeover project for (then named) Mount Morris Park. This photo shows just how different the park looked 90 years ago: Note the vignette in the top left: you can see the Hotel Theresa, the pointy spire of Ephesus Church on Lenox Avenue,…

  • The BBC Reflects On A Great Day In Harlem

    The BBC Reflects On A Great Day In Harlem

    The BBC looks at the history of Harlem’s classic photo, A Great Day in Harlem: A New Neighbor on W. 123 Julia Fox paid $2.9 million for a Harlem brownstone according to The Post. The “Uncut Gems” star apparently paid $900,000 down, and received a $2 million loan from First Republic just weeks before…

  • Happy Birthday Mount Morris Park

    Happy Birthday Mount Morris Park

    View of Marcus Garvey Park, looking north along 5th Avenue The park we know as Marcus Garvey Park was officially opened on December 1st, 1840. Originally named Mt. Morris Park by Mayor Robert H. Morris.New York’s City Council voted to rename the park as Marcus Garvey Park in 1973. Happy 183rd Birthday!

  • Harlem’s Night Market

    Harlem’s Night Market

    3 Saturdays in December Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta! Featuring more than 50 vendors per evening and a culturally diverse selection of food and gifts, the market will take place at the historic La Marqueta, located under the Park Avenue Viaduct in Harlem. (As you know … though the MTA just started a huge…

  • An East Harlem Conversation with Mayor Adams

    An East Harlem Conversation with Mayor Adams

    You’re Invited to Attend – Monday at 6 PM We welcome all New Yorkers from the East Harlem community to attend a community conversation with Mayor Eric Adams. Please feel free to send this information to the East Harlem community. Date: Monday, December 4th Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Doors open at 5:45 PM;…

  • HNBA’s Holiday Party – Thursday, December 14th, 6:30 PM – You’re Invited!

    HNBA’s Holiday Party – Thursday, December 14th, 6:30 PM – You’re Invited!

    HNBA’s Holiday Party is coming on Thursday, December 14th, at 6:30 PM in Maple Court’s Community Room — 1901 Madison Avenue (across from Marcus Garvey Park): Yes, YOU are invited and we hope you’ll spread the word and bring a neighbor. HNBA’s Holiday gatherings are always welcoming, filled with food and good cheer, and we’ll…

  • Pop-Up Skating in East Harlem

    Pop-Up Skating in East Harlem

    On Friday, December 1st, 6:30 PM

  • The Polo Grounds

    The Polo Grounds

    Looking eastward, towards the Bronx, from high above the Polo Grounds: And today (also in the winter) from Google Maps: Harlem Pride Fundraiser Harlem Pride’s Annual Holiday Party & Fundraiser is back! Join the festivities on Friday, December 1st at 4 West Lounge. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP today to secure your spot. This year,…

  • Photography Exhibit to Close on the 30th

    Photography Exhibit to Close on the 30th

    You’ve only got a few days left to wander over to Morningside Park and view the Faces of Harlem photography exhibit. The exhibit is hung along the park’s boundary fence, on the east side, north of 114th Street. The exhibit closes on November 30th. They’re Back Gopher Broke is back at Marcus Garvey Park.

  • Yes, You Are Invited To The HNBA Holiday Party

    All Welcome The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association invites you to attend our 2023 Holiday Party on December 14th, at 6:30 PM. Bring a neighbor and let’s celebrate the amazing community that is Harlem. Please RSVP, here

  • Crooked Streets

    Crooked Streets

    Note how this map of the layout of Dutch Nieuwe Haarlem shows that under the Dutch, streets were laid out north/south and east/west based on the compass. Today New Yorkers in Manhattan live under a cocked version of this as the Commissioners Map laid out the city following the general orientation of the island, and…

  • Cockroaches!  Yuck!

    Cockroaches! Yuck!

    Cockroaches are a common urban pest. Though there are more than a thousand species of roaches, just a few are found in NYC homes. The most common are American Cockroaches, typically found in moist basements and lower floors, and German Cockroaches, found anywhere inside homes. Cockroaches like warm, dark places such as toasters, clocks, microwave…