Christmas Sleighing in Harlem

Sleigh riding on Harlem River Drive, under the Highbridge, headed south.

The text is, as follows:

The New York Speedway, which was built and is maintained exclusively for the trotting horse, is bordered by the Harlem River on one side and a major bluff on the other, which shuts out the wind. It could hardly be improved upon as to elevation and has served as a pattern for others in different parts of the country. Only light vehicles drawn by one or two horses are allowed on it. The sale and rise of high-class trotting horses have increased immensely since its construction in 1895, and what was at first devised as an improvement favouring only a few has proved to be of great value to a large part of the community.

Fidel Castro in Harlem

On this day back in 1960, a German press photographer captured a mounted NYPD officer controlling a crowd of pro-Cuban Dominicans who were in Harlem, near the Theresa Hotel, to show their support for the new Cuban regime.

Note that JFK had not yet been elected – that would come in November of 1960 – and this was the heat of the election that pitted Kennedy against Nixon.

The back of the photo shows the German copy sent to Germany for context.

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Christmas in Harlem – Filmed in Hartford?

Hallmark is filming a special – Christmas in Harlem – in Hartford CT, in the summer: