Most of us today think of Harlem as a black community, but it was not that for most of its 400-year history. John James Audubon, famed for his studies of birds, was...
A couple of years ago, HGTV did a series on Harlem and how many of those folks with ties to Harlem were going back and renovating the neighborhoods of their early years. It was really wonderful what that program showed. I haven't been watching that channel lately, and I don't know if it would do any good if I did, but I do hope that this movement is continuing. It was a really great show.
Books about the history of Harlem have long fascinated me -- my favorite being "When Harlem Was in Vogue" by David Levering Lewis. However, a more recent book, titled simply "Harlem" by Jonathan Gill, presents a more comprehensive history -- going all the way back to the time when the Dutch were the first settlers of New York, and named that area for the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.
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