Gypsy Gal, the Hands of Harlem cannot hold you to its heatTimothy Herrick (TIMHRK@aol.com):
Harlem, section of New York City. Established (1658) as Nieuw Haarlem by the Dutch, Harlem remained rural until the 19th cent., when it became a fashionable residential district. A rapid influx of African Americans beginning c.1910 made it one of the largest African-American communities in the U.S., and in the 1920s it became a center of art and literature (see HARLEM RENAISSANCE). Harlem deteriorated after World War II into an economically depressed area with a high rate of unemployment.
Harlem hasn't gotten better since. Spanish Harlem is the east side. Also, the song Rose of Spanish Harlem, sung by Ben E. King and written by Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber, who wote a bunch of famous rock and roll tunes, like Jailhouse Rock. Harlem actually has some real nice blocks, and Marcus Garvey Park, named after the famous Jamican preacher/black nationalist. The park is actually pretty nice. Just don't go in it at night.