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The Frogs Clubhouse: a small,stately memento of Harlem’s lustrous past

Gentleman's clubs were no stranger to New York society of a century ago, but The Frogs in Harlem is largely unfamiliar to most of the city at large. Organized in 1908, The Frogs--whose name derived from the 5th-century BC Greek comedy by Aristophanes--comprised New York City's African-American theater royalty whose original members included Bert Williams, George Walker, James Reese Europe, Alex Rogers, Bob Cole, J. Rosamond Johnson, Jesse Shipp and

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Audubon Park and Beyond: More Superb Riverside Drive Apartments!
riverside drive view from lafayette blvd

  Around 1840, the naturalist John James Audubon, born in 1785, who died in 1851, built Minnie's Land, his estate near the current location of The Riviera Apartments, north of 155th and today’s Riverside Drive. Gradually filling with clapboard villas, becoming known as Audubon Park, this remote local was where Mrs. Clarence Day chose to have her reluctant husband baptized, in secret, as “no one knows us way up there…”  Half a century

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The Battle of Harlem Heights

Heading up Broadway from Columbia’s main gates, the neighborhood gets quieter. The bustling foot traffic around 116th Street dies down, and the chatter of conversation is largely replaced by the sounds of passing cars. With Hamilton Heights sloping up in the distance, one can almost imagine what this part of the city looked like before buildings were constructed, before the network of streets and sidewalks spread out across the rolling hills and

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