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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.
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(Placename) a district of New York City, in NE Manhattan: now largely a Black ghetto
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(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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I have formed the belief that the man who applauds that air with special violence and ostensible sectional loyalty is invariably a native of either Secaucus, N.J., or the district between Murray Hill Lyceum and the Harlem River, this city.
First, memory-prodded by the soft puppy in his arm, he saw the girl and the mother in the little Harlem flat.
Drakeford's new company is geared to serve a wide range of clients which include owners, developers, financial institutions, national franchises, not-for-profits, pension funds, government agencies and other private business owners looking to buy, lease or manage both retail and office space in Harlem and throughout New York City.
Since its 1926 debut at Harlem's famed Savoy Ballroom, the American jazz dance “Lindy Hop” has become one of the most prominent and popular dance forms to ever emerge from the American dance scene.
Two French eateries have opened recently on Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, both owned by Europeans who live in the neighborhood.
* Tambourines to Glory by Langston Hughes Harlem Moon/Broadway, September 2006 $10.95, ISBN 0-767-92327-8
In 2004, the number of appearances by the New York City-based Boys Choir of Harlem was cut back dramatically, and earned revenues from their performances dropped from more than $1 million to half that amount by the end of that year.
In Harlem: The Making of a Ghetto, Gilbert Osofsky observed:</p> <pre> "Menial labor was, among first generation Negro immigrants, considered a sign of social degradation, and looked upon with disgust.
film festival, "Hollywood in Harlem," opened new avenues by returning to the roots of the African-American film experience in the rich soil of Harlem, U.S.A.
Jones, African American women writers of the Harlem Renaissance such as Jessie Fauset, Zora Neale Hurston, and Dorothy West must be read in terms of a "triangular configuration of aesthetics" that deconstructs the "tripartite division of folk, bourgeois, and proletarian aesthetics." In chapters that discuss the major novels and short fictions of each of these writers (Fauset, Hurston, and West), Jones argues that it is necessary to look at how folk, bourgeois, and proletarian themes work in conjunction with each other.
The Columbia center is located within the West Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods of northern Manhattan.
Most of Webb's Harlem girlfriends who went into show business were, like herself, Catholic school alumnae and light-skinned--an absolute prerequisite for the black female dancer's success in the swing era.