Harlem in Song

Fordham University’s radio station (back in August) had a segment on Harlem in song to celebrate Harlem Week 2022 and played these tracks:

  • Duke Ellington “Take the ‘A’ Train”
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band “Midnight in Harlem”
  • Bob & Earl “Harlem Shuffle”
  • Aretha Franklin “Spanish Harlem”
A couple whirls across the dance floor of Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom in New York, April 24, 1953. (AP Photo/Hans von Nolde)

As is often the case, the comments section of the post of WFUV is rich in suggestions and old favorites.

“The Joint is Jumpin’” – Fats Waller
“It’s Christmas Time in Harlem” – Louis Armstrong
The Last Poets – On The Subway
Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle
Harlem Shuffle, Bob & Earl, or Rolling Stones
Spanish Harlem, Mamas and Papas version
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Elton John
Bill Withers – Summer Night in Harlem
Luther Vandross – Nights In Harlem
Can Calloway – The Man from Harlem

Harlem’s Little Blackbird” – Kaia Kater
Joe Lewis Walker “Uptown To Harlem”
Sarah Vaughn “Stompin’ At The Savoy”
Touch & Go “Tango In Harlem”
Tim Curry “Harlem On My Mind”
The Drifters “Up In The Streets Of Harlem”
Beck “Waiting For The Man”
Nat King Cole “Harlem Blues”
“Angel of Harlem” – U2

Make sure to click on the link below and see if your favorite was suggested by listeners.


As Seen On Park Avenue

 Program Aims to Help 5,000 People of Color Achieve Home Ownership

A new effort to help more people of color in New York City become homeowners is launching today with the support of a $7.5 million grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. The grant was awarded to a new collaborative led by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) NY, in partnership with the Center for NYC Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHSNYC).

The donation comes from Wells Fargo’s Wealth Opportunity Restored Through Homeownership (WORTH) initiative, a $60 million national effort to address systemic barriers to homeownership for people of color. New York City is one of eight markets across the U.S. to receive a WORTH grant, which aims to help create 5,000 new homeowners of color across the city by the end of 2025.

The announcement took place during NHSNYC’s Homeownership Expo at the TWU Counseling Center, where participants learned about the homeownership process, how to find and secure mortgages, and how to navigate down payments and closing costs.

“As a company, we’re committed to creating opportunities for more people of color to buy their own homes,” said Otis Rolley, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation and head of Philanthropy and Community Impact. “We know that without deliberate interventions from the public and private sectors, there is risk that the racial homeownership gap will continue to grow. Today’s donation in New York City is about accelerating actions that will build homeownership, and in turn, generational wealth.”