Category Archives: History

QUOTE: Nelson Mandela

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

~ Nelson Mandela

The Great Maya Angelou Has Passed On

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Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann.

The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist.  In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

One of Angelou’s most praised books was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
(read more) Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

*Fellow Harlemite and friend Norman, writes on his Facebook “There are people that you think will live forever and #mayaangelou is one of them.”

*Another Anne B. writes “I loved her books so much.  I remember first reading them in the 1970s.  She was a favorite of mine and she meant so much to me.”

Obscure Harlem Gems at AtlasObscura (#HarlemObscura)

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AtlasObscura.com is “an online compendium of the world’s wonders.  In addition to the website we regularly host unique lectures, behind the scenes tours and highly-stylized cocktail galas in unusual places with the hopes of encouraging exploration and discovery amongst our members while sharing these very special historic gems.”
Harlem is on their radar.  For example:
  • There was a recent evening of “high-end historic” cocktails and jazz in the crypt of the Church of the Intercession of Harlem.  The crypt has been described as an “eerie underground crypt” and is adjacent to the sprawling Trinity Cemetery.Attendees included  Joining them were Loren Schoenberg from the National Jazz Museum and stride pianist Jesse Gelber and the Lucky Chops Brass Band.
  • Collyer Brothers Park is a small pocket park in Harlem, providing a temporary reprieve from the surrounding urban sprawl. But visitors taking a break on one of the park’s benches may be surprised to know that the park only exists because of  (click here to read more…)
  • Sylvan Terrace, now a residential community and popular film set location, this property was originally part of the Morris-Jumel Mansion estate. The property was divided, and the Sylvan Terrace was built in 1882 by James E. Ray. The road between the 20 (click here to read more…)
If you have obscure Harlem gems you’d like to share tag them as #HarlemObscura and share them on our social media channels or as comments to this piece, and we will feature them.