Harlem’s history is America’s history. As the world’s best-known neighborhood, the village of Harlem in New York City has a rich history that has positively impacted the life and future of countless persons throughout America and beyond. While best known to many as the center of African-American and Hispanic culture, Harlem has also been home for many decades to Jews, Irish, Italians, Chinese, and several other ethnic groups. In Forever Harlem, the Daily News, New York’s famous Hometown Newspaper, combines its historic photographic archives with the vast research, editorial, and creative writing resources of the Greater Harlem 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, through to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, and on into the current growth and development of New York’s hottest, hippest, and most sought after new place to live or to have a business. Included in this book are famous Harlemites as diverse as Maya Angelou, Duke Ellington, Burt Lancaster, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, Tito Puente, Langston Hughes, and Willie Mays. Special attention is also given to Harlem’s rich history in arts, culture, education, music, and entertainment, including the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. Featuring contributions from former President Bill Clinton, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among many others, Forever Harlem is an outstanding keepsake.