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HARLEM WEEK began in the summer of 1974 as a “one-time only,” one-day event (HARLEM DAY) with the huge objective of creating a much-needed “positive vibe” and pulling the greater Harlem community’s residents, businesses, religious, educational, arts and cultural institutions out of the most severe economic and social doldrums that New York City and the nation had faced in generations.


Be a part of history.

As one of the country’s best-known neighborhoods, New York City’s Harlem area has a rich history that has impacted countless Americans. While best known as a center of African-American culture, Harlem has also been home to Irishmen, Italians, Jews, and several other ethnic groups. In Forever Harlem, New York’s Hometown Newspaper combines its vast archives with the resources of the Uptown Chamber of Commerce to provide an informative and rich visual history of Harlem. Readers will see images and stories from Harlem’s beginnings as a destination for European immigrants of many cultures, through to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s, and on into the current growth and development of Manhattan’s hottest new place to live. Included are profiles of Harlemites as diverse as Al Pacino, Burt Lancaster, Willie Mays, Harry Houdini, and President Dwight Eisenhower. Special attention is also given to Harlem’s rich history in music and entertainment.