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09/12/2020

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Harlem Marks The Anniversary Of The September 11 Attacks (Video). The September 11 attacks (often referred to as 9/11) w...
09/11/2020
Harlem Marks The Anniversary Of The September 11 Attacks (Video)

Harlem Marks The Anniversary Of The September 11 Attacks (Video). The September 11 attacks (often referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/harlem-marks-the-anniversary-of-the-september-11-attacks-video/

The September 11 attacks (often referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning Continue Reading →

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09/10/2020

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The Church of the Intercession is an Episcopal congregation located at 550 West 155th Street, at Broadway, on the border...
09/10/2020

The Church of the Intercession is an Episcopal congregation located at 550 West 155th Street, at Broadway, on the border of the Harlem, NY, on the grounds of Trinity Church Cemetery. The congregation was founded in 1846, and the current sanctuary, built-in 1912-15, was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue in the Gothic Revival style. From 1906-1976, it was a chapel of Trinity Church ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/from-dickens-to-astor-the-historic-church-of-the-intercession-in-harlem-ny-1846-present/

The Celebration of the American Labor Force from Harlem to Hawaii ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/happy-labor-da...
09/07/2020
Happy Labor Day!

The Celebration of the American Labor Force from Harlem to Hawaii ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/happy-labor-day/

The Celebration of the American Labor Force from Harlem to Hawaii. We appreciate our editorial network and hope you enjoy your day! You can read more stories here related to Continue Reading →

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced the winners of the 2020 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards. The Harlem F...
09/02/2020
Harlem Fire Watchtower Receives NY Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Award

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced the winners of the 2020 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards. The Harlem Fire Watchtower at Marcus Garvey Park, located at Mt. Morris Park West in Harlem, is among the projects that will be recognized at the Virtual Ceremony on September 23rd at 6:00 pm with a Zoom link available at www.nylandmarks.org. The Conservancy is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/harlem-fire-watchtower-receives-ny-landmarks-conservancy-lucy-g-moses-award/

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced the winners of the 2020 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards. The Harlem Fire Watchtower at Marcus Garvey Park, located at Mt. Morris Park Continue Reading →

Don Barden is one of the most important names in the history of Las Vegas, but few people know who he was, even to this ...
09/02/2020

Don Barden is one of the most important names in the history of Las Vegas, but few people know who he was, even to this day. Born in Michigan in 1943, Barden was the brains behind The Majestic Star Casino, which at the time made him the very first African American casino owner in Sin City ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/how-don-barden-changed-vegas/

J. Max Bond Jr., Aka Max Bond, 1935 – February 18, 2009, was one of New York’s most influential architects. He developed...
08/25/2020
Harlem's Max Bond, One Of The Most Influential Architects In America

J. Max Bond Jr., Aka Max Bond, 1935 – February 18, 2009, was one of New York’s most influential architects. He developed an interest in architecture based on experiences ranging from viewing a staircase at a dormitory at the Tuskegee Institute to views of North African construction styles on a visit to Tunisia ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/harlems-max-bond-one-of-new-yorks-most-influential-architects/

J. Max Bond Jr., Aka Max Bond, 1935 – February 18, 2009, was one of New York’s most influential architects. He developed an interest in architecture based on experiences ranging Continue Reading →

The Harlem Opera House (a Loew’s house) was a US opera house located at 211 West 125th Street in Harlem, New York. Desig...
08/22/2020

The Harlem Opera House (a Loew’s house) was a US opera house located at 211 West 125th Street in Harlem, New York. Designed by architect John B. McElfatrick, it was built in 1889 by Oscar Hammerstein I; it was his first theater in the city admission prices ranged from 25 cents to $1.50 ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/the-harlem-opera-house-on-125th-street/

In an article from 2014, Harlem World Magazine wrote that Harlem’s Marcus Garvey’s SS Shadyside sank in the Harlem River...
08/21/2020
Like Marcus Garvey's SS Shadyside, Lieutenant Kennedy's PT-59 'At The Bottom Of The Harlem River' (Updated)

In an article from 2014, Harlem World Magazine wrote that Harlem’s Marcus Garvey’s SS Shadyside sank in the Harlem River in 1921 ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/like-marcus-garveys-ss-shadyside-lieutenant-kennedys-pt-59-bottom-harlem-river/

In an article from 2014, Harlem World Magazine wrote that Harlem’s Marcus Garvey’s SS Shadyside sank in the Harlem River in 1921. Shop the Harlem World Shop. Afew years back we read that Continue Reading →

The Studebaker Automobile and Factory located at 615 West 131st Street, between Broadway and 12th Avenue, and between 13...
08/21/2020
The Trailblazing Studebaker Automobile And Factory In Harlem, NY, 1923 - 1937

The Studebaker Automobile and Factory located at 615 West 131st Street, between Broadway and 12th Avenue, and between 131st and 132nd Streets in Harlem, New York ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/the-trailblazing-studebaker-automobile-and-factory-in-harlem-ny-1923-1937/

The Studebaker Automobile and Factory located at 615 West 131st Street, between Broadway and 12th Avenue, and between 131st and 132nd Streets in Harlem, New York. It is in the northeast Continue Reading →

Casa Italiana is a building of Columbia University located at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue between West 116th and 118th Streets...
08/18/2020
Casa Italiana Mussolini's Italian Renaissance Meets The Harlem Renaissance 1926

Casa Italiana is a building of Columbia University located at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue between West 116th and 118th Streets in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Harlem, New York.

Which houses the university’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. It was built in 1926–27 and was designed by William M. Kendall of McKim, Mead & White in the Renaissance style, modeled after a 15th-century Roman palazzo. The building was restored, and the east facade completed, in 1996 by Buttrick White & Burtis with Italo Rota as associate architect ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/casa-italiana-mussolinis-italian-renaissance-meets-the-harlem-renaissance-1926/

Casa Italiana is a building of Columbia University located at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue between West 116th and 118th Streets in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Harlem, New York. Which houses Continue Reading →

The right to vote lies at the heart of our nation’s founding principles – it is the bedrock of our democracy from the hi...
08/18/2020
Vote Baby Vote! Get Out The Vote From Harlem To Hollywood

The right to vote lies at the heart of our nation’s founding principles – it is the bedrock of our democracy from the hills of Harlem to the hills of Hollywood. Every citizen that can vote should have the opportunity to exercise their civic right, including those living with behavioral health conditions ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/vote-baby-vote-get-out-the-vote-from-harlem-to-hollywood/

The right to vote lies at the heart of our nation’s founding principles – it is the bedrock of our democracy from the hills of Harlem to the hills of Continue Reading →

James Hubert Blake, February 7, 1884 – February 12, 1983, known as Eubie Blake, was an American composer, lyricist, and ...
08/14/2020

James Hubert Blake, February 7, 1884 – February 12, 1983, known as Eubie Blake, was an American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. In 1921, Blake and long-time collaborator Noble Sissle wrote Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans. Blake’s compositions included such hits as “Bandana Days”, “Charleston Rag”, “Love Will Find a Way”, “Memories of You” and “I’m Just Wild About Harry” ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/eubie-blake-one-finest-popular-harlem-era-video/

Abraham Joshua Heschel, January 11, 1907 – December 23, 1972, was a Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Je...
08/13/2020

Abraham Joshua Heschel, January 11, 1907 – December 23, 1972, was a Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Heschel, a professor of Jewish mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, authored a number of widely read books on Jewish philosophy and was active in the civil rights movement ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/abraham-joshua-heschel-harlem-rabi-civil-rights-advocate-and-more-1907-1972/

It’s beginning to feel like summer. Between the unbeatable weather and the progress towards opening up, in some ways—at ...
08/13/2020
Shop Harlem World Shop: Amsterdam News, Harlem Tank, The Big Apple, Grants Tomb And More

It’s beginning to feel like summer. Between the unbeatable weather and the progress towards opening up, in some ways—at least relative to the rollercoaster of the past few months ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/shop-harlem-world-best-bridesmaid-a-dose-of-dior-jimmy-choo-for-you-eton-luxe-and-more/

It’s beginning to feel like summer. Between the unbeatable weather and the progress towards opening up, in some ways—at least relative to the rollercoaster of the past few months. Shop Continue Reading →

The New York Cancer Hospital (NYCH) in the Upper West Side of Harlem, New York was a cancer treatment and research insti...
08/10/2020

The New York Cancer Hospital (NYCH) in the Upper West Side of Harlem, New York was a cancer treatment and research institution founded in 1884. The building was located at 455 Central Park West between West 105th and 106th Streets, and built between 1884 and 1886 with additions made between 1889 and 1890; it was designed by Charles Coolidge Haight in the Late Gothic and French Chateau styles – inspired by the chateaux of the Loire Valley ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/the-landmark-the-castle-new-york-cancer-hospital-harlem-ny-1884/

A wonderful turn of the century vintage postcard of Niemeyer’s Restaurant and Cafe cabaret showing the southeast corner ...
08/07/2020
Niemeyer's Restaurant And Cafe Cabaret "Best In Town" Post Card May 1913

A wonderful turn of the century vintage postcard of Niemeyer’s Restaurant and Cafe cabaret showing the southeast corner 125th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem, New York in 1913 .... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/niemeyers-restaurant-and-cafe-cabaret-best-in-town-post-card-may-1913/

A wonderful turn of the century vintage postcard of Niemeyer’s Restaurant and Cafe cabaret showing the southeast corner 125th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem, New York in 1913. Shop Continue Reading →

June 17, 2020, marked the 92nd birthday of Herbert “Chuck” Griffin, the legendary East Harlem coach and social activist....
08/06/2020
Remembering And Celebrating An East Harlem Legend, Herbert "Chuck" Griffin

June 17, 2020, marked the 92nd birthday of Herbert “Chuck” Griffin, the legendary East Harlem coach and social activist. Befittingly, it is an ideal moment to reflect on the life and times of this extraordinary human being given the global uprisings, displays of social consciousness and cultural awakenings throughout the land ... https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/remembering-and-celebrating-an-east-harlem-legend-herbert-chuck-griffin/

By Ed Davila June 17, 2020, marked the 92nd birthday of Herbert “Chuck” Griffin, the legendary East Harlem coach and social activist. Befittingly, it is an ideal moment to reflect Continue Reading →

Harlem Fave: Marcelino Manuel da Graça, January 25, 1881 or 1884 – January 12, 1960, better known as Charles Manuel “Swe...
08/02/2020
Charles Manuel "Sweet Daddy" Grace, Harlem NY 1881 - 1960 (Video)

Harlem Fave: Marcelino Manuel da Graça, January 25, 1881 or 1884 – January 12, 1960, better known as Charles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace, or Daddy Grace, was the founder and first bishop of the predominantly African-American denomination the United House of Prayer For All People. ...

Marcelino Manuel da Graça, January 25, 1881 or 1884 – January 12, 1960, better known as Charles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace, or Daddy Grace, was the founder and first bishop Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Jordan Walker-Pearlman talks about his legendary uncle Gene Wilder and more with host Danny Tisdale, on The Dan...
07/28/2020
Harlem's Jordan Walker-Pearlman Talks Legendary Uncle And More On The Danny Tisdale Show

Harlem’s Jordan Walker-Pearlman talks about his legendary uncle Gene Wilder and more with host Danny Tisdale, on The Danny Tisdale Show ...

Harlem’s Jordan Walker-Pearlman talks about his legendary uncle Gene Wilder and more with host Danny Tisdale, on The Danny Tisdale Show. Filmmaker, nephew of Gene Wilder, Jordan Walker-Pearlman is one Continue Reading →

The Baby Grand Bar at 319 West 125th Street (between St. Nicholas and 8th avenue), opened in 1953, it was a saloon with ...
07/25/2020
The Baby Grand, Harlem, NY, 1953-1960's (Update)

The Baby Grand Bar at 319 West 125th Street (between St. Nicholas and 8th avenue), opened in 1953, it was a saloon with a bright mural of a piano above the door and a rich Art Deco décor ...

The Baby Grand Bar at 319 West 125th Street (between St. Nicholas and 8th avenue), opened in 1953, it was a saloon with a bright mural of a piano above Continue Reading →

The Harlem School of the Arts, today announced the addition of esteemed cultural icon and civil rights activist, Harry B...
07/24/2020
Legendary Musician/Activist Harry Belafonte Joins Harlem School Of The Arts Advisory Board

The Harlem School of the Arts, today announced the addition of esteemed cultural icon and civil rights activist, Harry Belafonte, to its Advisory Council. Mr. Belafonte, who was born in Harlem but grew up on the Island of Jamaica, joins an eclectic list of influential names, with diverse experience, expertise, and insight, who provide guidance and serve as stewards of this historic cultural institution ...

The Harlem School of the Arts, today announced the addition of esteemed cultural icon and civil rights activist, Harry Belafonte, to its Advisory Council. Mr. Belafonte, who was born in Continue Reading →

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Harlem World Magazine is the #1 source in the world for living your best life and style in Harlem. With over 4.8 million visitors from around the block and around the world annually.

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Harlem World Magazine is the #1 source in the world for living your best life and style in Harlem in 2003. With over 83,000 weekly readers from around the block and around the world annually. Harlem World attracts a discerning audience with a shared appreciation and desire for quality, artisanship, heritage, fine design, and exclusivity.

Our knowledge and passion for creating the best Harlem content started with our founder and longtime Harlem resident Danny Tisdale. Tisdale is an award-winning visual artist, who began in publishing as a “newspaper boy” in Watts, CA, where he was born and raised. He worked on his college newspaper, before graduating from art school and driving 3,000 miles to Harlem. He found his first job in publishing working at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, and numerous other publications before founding Harlem World Magazine in 2003. Tisdale served as an active member on Harlem’s Community Board #10 and held numerous sub-committee seats from Arts & Culture to Economic Development and Empowerment Zone, Land Use, and to Education. He was appointed to Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger’s Youth Committee.

Tisdale’s Uncle Charles Wesley Tisdale (pictured above), in the 1970s, became owner and publisher of the Jackson Advocate, founded in 1938, to create the best content for Jackson, Mississippians.

Charles Wesley Tisdale was born in rural Athens, Alabama on November 7, 1926, he was one of a family of eighteen children. Tisdale always wanted to be a newspaperman and began living that dream early: At age 7, he was working at a newspaper, pouring lead into molds in Linotype machines. An American to is core, his father Thomas Jefferson Tisdale, was a sharecropper. Thereafter, he supported his family through day jobs and yard work. Charles Tisdale remembers his father as a poet and songwriter, an intellectual who read three newspapers every day. Charles Tisdale’s mother, Winnie, was “a stern and courageous woman.” She insisted that her children stand up for their rights. She was a fierce defender of the family who “would shoot in a minute.”

At fourteen he was foreman of a tobacco field in Connecticut and the cofounder of a local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He later returned to Athens, where he graduated from Trinity High School. At Trinity High School he was editor of the school paper and excelled in academics and sports. But when he and others tried to organize a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, he was dragged behind an ox cart by white folks to punish him. In 1950 he received a bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, working as an advertising and whiskey salesman while in Memphis. He later earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. An adviser for numerous companies, he found his true profession in reporting for the African American press. His byline appeared in the Memphis Tri-State Defender, Memphis World, New York Amsterdam News, and Chicago Defender. He edited the Memphis Times Herald and the Midsouth Times.

NPR Radio reported that “Charles Tisdale was a champion of civil rights, a dedicated journalist who owned the Jackson, Mississippi newspaper called, appropriately enough, the Jackson Advocate. Mr. Tisdale bought the newspaper in 1978. And over the course of almost three decades, he published stories that gave a voice to the less fortunate, bringing to life the impoverished state of some of Mississippi’s majority black towns and exposing corruption among law enforcement officials.”

Mr. Tisdale was committed to his community, as Ben Jealous, onetime managing director of the Advocate and NAACP president said about Mr. Tisdale,

Mr. Tisdale was committed to the people in his community, and he was committed to the integrity of his business.

The paper encouraged discourse and critical debate and understood the importance of giving a voice to community ideas in his column Tisdale’s Topics.

Activist Charles Evers, brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, said,

For 20 years, Mr. Tisdale had a talk show on Evers’ radio station, WMPR in Jackson, where he often took elected leaders to task for not effectively serving their community. He said,

Like his Uncle Charles, Danny Tisdale and his team have a commitment to creating the best content that reflects the ideas of their readers.

Harlem World has remained fiercely proud of its heritage, its independence and its commitment to living their best life in Harlem is at the heart of what we do.

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