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Now & Then: Troger’s Hotel, 92 St. Nicholas Place

Sugar Hill, a sub-neighborhood within the upper reaches of Harlem, was named thusly to signify its status as home of “the sweet life” in New York’s African-American community. Filled with comfortable apartments and townhomes, it was home to much of … Continue reading

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Simon Gillis: A 3-time Olympian Who Accidentally Killed a Boy in Harlem in 1904.

Today, if you follow Park Avenue all the way north to its terminus at the Harlem River somewhere near 135th Street, you’ll find the brown-brick Lincoln Houses, built by the New York City Housing Authority in 1948. The towers hold some … Continue reading

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Audubon Terrace: Once Among Manhattan’s Premiere Cultural Centers, Now Largely Abandoned in Washington Heights

After a long and tumultuous career, naturalist John James Audubon sought a placid retreat in which to live out his final days. So it was that, in 1840, he purchased a large and heavily-wooded tract of land along the Hudson … Continue reading

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Homer & Langley Collyer: Hoarders in Harlem

In the heart of Harlem, at the northwest corner of 128th Street and 5th Avenue, lies a tiny rectangular park. Like so many pocket parks in Manhattan, it’s a clean, quiet bit of respite from the hustle and bustle of … Continue reading

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