Rowing on The Harlem River

The Harlem River was (in the 18th and 19th Century) a popular destination for rowing or sculling. Remnants of this pastime were visible into mid 20th century.

In the photo below, you can see 4 large boat houses on the Bronx side of the Harlem River (note the Highbridge water tower in the back-left corner):

The bridge visible on the river would be the 155th Street Bridge, so the apartment buildings in the Bronx are the ones that overlook Yankee Stadium, today.

East River Crew reports that in 1937, Robert Moses The Power Broker” of New York City started evicting rowing boathouses “to build tennis courts for the people living in Harlem.”

By the 1950s all of the Row, boathouses were gone.

Can Collecting Property Hoarder

The Post has an interesting article on a woman who owns dilapidated property in Harlem, collects cans in a beat-up car, while living and hoarding in Brooklyn.

Silicon Harlem Events

Silicon Harlem Meetup – Wed, September 21, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Register for the Meetup (virtual)

Please join us on September 21, 2022 to talk about the upcoming “Future Ready Communities” conference and our new impact token for uptown. Your voice matters!

Silicon Harlem 9th Annual Next Gen Tech Conference – Fri, October 21, 2022

Agenda and registration below: (in person)

Please join us at the 9th Annual Next Gen Tech Conference at the iconic Schomburg Center Library in Harlem. Our theme this year is “Future Ready Communities”. The Conference will help prepare future ready communities through innovation and technology. Your participation will help solidify that!

Harlem Armory’s Time Capsule

On May 27, 1923, almost 100 years ago, a ceremonial cornerstone was laid in Harlem by New York City Mayor John Francis Hylan, who had also broken ground for the new Harlem armory in November 1921. William Hayward, who commanded the 369th in France and was then the U.S. attorney for New York, spoke at the ceremony, as did Rep. Fiorello LaGuardia, who later became mayor of New York City.

The armory was (and is) located on the Harlem river between West 143 and 142 and is the home of the New York Army National Guard’s 369th Sustainment Brigade, was built to house the 369th Infantry Regiment. Initially a drill hall was constructed in 1921-24 and an administrative building was added in the 1930s

The 369th Infantry, known as the Harlem Hellfighters, came to international fame during WW1. Originally the 15th Infantry, New York National Guard, this regiment of Black Soldiers commanded mostly by white officers fought as part of a French division.

Renumbered as the 369th U.S. Infantry, the regiment spent 191 days in combat, never retreated and accumulated 170 French Croix de Guerre awards for heroism.

At the cornerstone laying ceremony, a time capsule was also hidden in the floor. The mystery box’s contents highlighted the pride of Black New Yorkers in their regiment, their culture, and city officials’ recognition of the 369th and the black community, according to Courtney Burns, the director of the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.

In the time capsule were:

  • Five issues of the “New York Age,” a weekly African-American newspaper, highlighting the service of the “15th New York,” as it was then known.
  • Two typewritten histories of the 369th, one that concludes May 27, 1923, the date the cornerstone of the armory was laid.
  • A program for the showing of a movie called “Hell Fighters” at the Lafayette Theater May 15, 1920, during which the regiment’s band played.
  • A list of the members of the various New York City boards responsible for funding the construction of the armory, indicating their support for the project.
  • A program for a New York City memorial honoring the life of Col. Charles Young, also held May 27, 1923, was included in the time capsule.
  • A Dec. 25, 1922, issue of the National Review was also in the box. The magazine described itself as “A journal Devoted to the Progress and Development of the Colored People.”
  • There were four promotional books from the armory’s contractors: Post and McCord. Two highlighted projects from 1917 and two from 1920.
  • There was also a photograph of Paul Francis Needlhan, the son of Capt. Lawrence V. Needlhan, the superintendent of construction of the project.
  • Finally, there was a photograph labeled “Priv. Josiah A. Thomas/died Feb. 19 ’22 “Co. C.” On the back, in the same handwriting, is the inscription, “From Cousin Irma J. Rock.”

To read more, see:

Harlem Coin

Silicon Harlem is launching a social impact token – named Harlem Coin to reward Harlem residents for ‘doing good’.

Harlem Women Bussed To New Jersey

This film from the Library of Congress shows Harlem women (and one man) bussed to New Jersey during WWII to work in a munition factory.

The gathering is clearly on a winter’s day, with snow on the ground. You can see that the pickup for the war work was at Adam Clayton Powell and 135th Streeet, near the YMCA.

Here is the link the the full newsreel:

Two Alvin Ailey Events In Harlem


Ailey Moves NYC! West African & Hip-Hop Dance Workshop – Jul 31, 2022 : NYC Parks (

What do West African Dance and Hip-Hop have in common? Join Ailey Arts In Education instructors and drummers to experience both dance traditions. Show off your moves in the finale of the workshop—a community circle “dance off.” Everyone can dance with Ailey! 


Ailey – Rooftop Films

Ailey – Rooftop FilmsAlvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. Ailey traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty. Told through Ailey’s own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews …

Get High-Speed Wifi, Free!

Find out how to receive FREEor REDUCED internet service The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefit program providing monthly discounts on internet service and devices for eligible households. This program is a big step forward in digital equity and puts federal broadband assistance on a semi-permanent footing for the first time.

Come learn how to enroll in the program and have your questions answered! July 28th, 6:00 PM

Silicon Harlem
2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY 10039

Risk of Crime

(The risk of crime being indicated by red on the map below)

The map of white-collar crime is a telling one. Most of the criminals commit their crime in midtown or the financial district.

Harlem has a relatively low crime rate by this measure.

To explore where you are most at risk for this form of crime, see:

Hurricane Season is Upon Us

As the 2021 hurricane season unfolds we should all know what our evacuation ‘zone’ is, so we’re ready to evacuate if necessary. Enter your address below to learn more about your zone and to see if your building is on flood-prone land:

Then make sure to note the location of your local shelters (in the side bar of the map) because we know that electricity, cell phone coverage, and the internet may go down before you have a chance to look these up:

To learn more about what you should be doing and thinking about now, to prepare, see:

Tupac Would Have Been 50, Today

Tupac Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks, on June 16, 1971 in East Halrem. He died on September 13, 1996 and would have been 50, today.

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Juneteenth Block Party

Life Expectancy at Birth


Infant Mortality

New Home for Silicon Harlem

Silicon Harlem – currently located up at 148th Street – is going to have a new home, along with affordable and mixed income housing on West 126th street.

The project is called Balton Commons, and is a $19-million mixed-use development currently under construction at 267 West 126th Street. The seven-story building will have 4,500 square feet of tech incubator space managed by Silicon Harlem, 1,200 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, 1,350 square feet of community facility space, and 37 residential units of housing for residents between 30 and 90 percent of the area median income.

Designed by Aufgang Architects, the structure is being built to Passive House standards.

Residential amenities include a fitness center, a shared laundry room, bicycle parking, and common outdoor spaces. Units will come in a mix of 11 studios, 12 one-bedrooms, 11 two-bedrooms, and three three-bedroom units. Residents can expect self-regulated heating and cooling, and dishwashers. Some homes will also have private terraces.

Construction is expected to be completed by winter 2021.