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A section of New York City in northern Manhattan bordering on the Harlem and East Rivers. Peter Stuyvesant established the Dutch settlement of Nieuw Haarlem here in 1658. A rapid influx of African Americans beginning c. 1910 made it one of the largest black communities in the United States. In the 1920s a flowering of African-American art and literature was known as the Harlem Renaissance. After World War II many Hispanics settled in East (or Spanish) Harlem.

Har′lem·ite′ n.


(Placename) a district of New York City, in NE Manhattan: now largely a Black ghetto


(ˈhɑr ləm)

1. a section of New York City, in the NE part of Manhattan.
2. a tidal river in New York City, between the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, which, with Spuyten Duyvil Creek, connects the Hudson and East rivers. 8 mi. (13 km) long.
Har′lem•ite`, n.
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Noun1.Harlem - a district of ManhattanHarlem - a district of Manhattan; now largely a Black ghetto
Manhattan - one of the five boroughs of New York City
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