Black Greek Harlem – Alpha Phi Alpha

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Vertner Woodson Tandy (Seven Jewel)

Authentic Harlem Blog loves the heritage of the Harlem Black Greek community. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, 1905 at 203 West 138th Street (Stivers Row). Vertner Woodson Tandy, one of the founding members (Seven Jewels) of Alpha Phi Alpha and first African-American registered Architect in New York State lived in Harlem within Strivers Row. We at… Read more »

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Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at King Towers Community Center (NYCHA) 1/21/2013 from Harlem Heritage Tours on Vimeo. It was a pleasure once again to participate in the Annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the King Towers Community Center within the King Towers Housing Development, this years theme:… Read more »

Mr. Binderman on Harlem Wednesday Gospel Experience with Neal Shoemaker and Harlem Heritage Tours.

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On the Wednesday November 9th, 2011 I personally conducted the Harlem Heritage Wednesday Gospel Experience. Mr. Bill Binderman attended the tour with his daughter. We walked and talked and had a great time getting to know each other and then we were off to the church, and what a great church experience it was. After… Read more »

St. Sen Bill Perkins honors Harlem Photogs @ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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February 28th, 2011 On February 10th 2011, I attended an event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in celebration of the life and times of the late great Harlem Photographer Mr. Kwame Gervin. Additionally, the event recognized the latest exhibition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture called: “Harlem Views… Read more »

Harlem Heritage Tours @ 118th Street & Malcolm X Blvd. – Harlem Snow Day -12/27/10 – van yearning to be free.

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12/29/2010 I’m here providing moral support for these guys as they work hard to get this van free from the snow and ice on Malcolm X Blvd. and 118th Street. The gentlemen eventually freed the vehicle from the snow and ice on Malcolm X Blvd.  at 118th St. The following day I was in the… Read more »

Harlem Heritage Tours @ “Light It Up” Holiday celebration on 125th Street in Harlem.

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12/08/2010 On 12/07/2010 I  attended two Holiday celebrations starting with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting down by the water front on West 125th Street .  This was a beautiful scene with caroling and the lights of Christmas bouncing off the waves of the Hudson River. I stopped to get a quick bite to eat and… Read more »

“Word From the Street Wednesday’s”

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11/24/2010 Many are writing about Harlem from an outside perspective, but now it’s time to talk to the people on the street. “Word From the Street Wednesday’s”. I got this idea while walking down 5th Ave and encountering this Harlem General working on the facade of this brownstone. Every Wednesday Harlem Heritage Tours will talk… Read more »

Attorney Cora T. Walker – Attorney for the People of Harlem – Happy Mother’s Day Counselor from Harlem Heritage Tours

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05/05/2010 Mrs. Cora T. Walker was a dedicated Lawyer / Community Activist who constantly championed the rights of the little people as well as representing the concerns of top corporate entities. She helped many start businesses in Harlem including Harlem Coop Supermarket – what a great idea, that was extinguished by frightened competitors. I once… Read more »

Morgan and Marvin Smith – True Harlem Pioneers – Black History Month 2010

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02/28/2010 Morgan and Marvin Smith are twin brothers who came to Harlem in 1933 from Lexington Kentucky with dreams of captioning via their cameras the remaining days of the Harlem Renaissance.  By 1933 the stock market crash of 1929  rocked the core of downtown Wall Street and the cultural scene of Uptown Harlem. Tough times… Read more »

African Burial Ground – Harlem Heritage Tours remembers the Ancestors – Black History Month 2010

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02/16/2010 In 1991 in preparation to build a federal office building in Lower Manhattan at 290 Broadway, mandatory analysis revealed the existence of a burial ground consisting of the remains of African slaves who lived in the city during the 17th and 18th centuries.  Mr. Bill Miles, working at Channel 13 (10/1992) was able to… Read more »

I’m From Harlem

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02/07/2010 During Black History Month 2005 Harlem Heritage Tours had the pleasure of working with many within the arts community including one of my favorite poets “Harlem 125”.  I experienced Harlem 125’s work for the first time at a poetry function in 1999 at a place called the Sugar Shack which is no longer operating…. Read more »

Learn about Adam with Harlem Heritage Tours

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On Feb. 17th 2005, I attended the unveiling of “Higher Ground”: statue designed by Sculptor, Branly Cadet in honor of famed Congressman and religious leader Dr. Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. The location of statue is fitting (125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) considering the impact that Adam had on the area. When… Read more »

The Hon. Professor Preston Wilcox

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01/25/2010 One of the first theme tours I conducted back in 2000 was based on the Life and times of Malcolm X, the biggest fan of the idea was an older gentlemen I just met named Professor Wilcox.  I was in search for anything I could find in reference to the presence of Malcolm X in… Read more »

Price of the Ticket

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01/25/2010 The above picture (1979) is of Filmmaker Bill Miles and noted Novelist James Baldwin during preparation for James Baldwins inclusion in “I Remember Harlem” Bill Miles would often tell us stories about meeting James Baldwin and what an interesting person he was to talk to. One of my favorite segments of “I Remember Harlem”… Read more »

Me and Bill

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1/20/2010 The other day I was organizing some things in my office, getting ready for Black History Month and came across a bag of old mini dv cassettes. Instantly I remembered hiding them a year a ago in the same place I found them. This find prompted me to recover another mini dv cassette I… Read more »

If I Only Knew – I Wish I Knew

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01/12/2010 I took this picture of Mr. Percy Sutton (Center) in 2000 while conducting a tour of Harlem for the above group from LaGuardia Community College.  Shortly after starting the tour we encountered Mr. Percy Sutton who was on his way to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  The great thing about Harlem… Read more »

Heritage Lady Harlem!

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  “Heritage Lady Harlem” light thermal Harlem Heritage Tours logo shirt – limited supply. Price: $20.00 Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL Colors:  The classic black and white & white and black.