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Uptown links: a revealing look at an iconic map of 1930s Harlem, and more

January 17, 2019

 

• A famous Harlem map illustrated by Elmer Simms Campbell–acquired by Yale in 2016 for $100,000–reveals how Prohibition turned Harlem into a nightlife hub in the 1930s. "Though Prohibition had been in effect for 10 years by the time Mr. Campbell arrived in New York," explains an in-depth piece in the New York Times, "notoriously selective enforcement of the law made Harlem a nightly destination not just for African-Americans but also for middle-class whites in search of booze and urban thrills." Map via Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University [NY Times]

 

• Discover how the owner of Harlem Cycle was inspired to use her experience managing a $500 million consumer goods company to open her three-year-old boutique cycling studio. [Bustle]

 

• Harlem's own Melba Wilson, proprietor of the iconic Melba's Restaurant, is the new president of the New York City Hospitality Alliance. [@melbasharlem via Instagram]

 

• Harlem-based urban squash program Street Squash–offering coaching, academics and college prep to students starting in sixth grade–just raised $1.4 million while celebrating its 20th anniversary anniversary. [Bloomberg]

 

• Here's what the condo building replacing the former Second Canaan Baptist Church at 10 Lenox Avenue might look like. [Curbed NY]

 

• Eight inspiring stories about New Yorkers who won the housing lottery, including a 27-year-old editorial assistant who now pays $929 a month for a light-filled one-bedroom in Harlem. [NY Times]

 

• A deep dive into the history of the New York slice shines the spotlight on 40-year-old slice joint Pizza Palace on Dyckman Street in Inwood. [NY Times]

 

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