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.
From Nieuw Haarlem (“new Haarlem”), the original Dutch name of the area, after Haarlem, a city in the Netherlands.
Harlem Sentence Examples
Woods, of Colonel Thomas Knowlton (1749-1776), a patriot soldier of the War of Independence, killed at the battle of Harlem Heights.
He enlisted in the Third Virginia regiment, in which he became a lieutenant, and subsequently took part in the battles of Harlem Heights, White Plains, Trenton (where he was wounded), Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth.
Reportedly, these flashy suits were created during the 1930s in Harlem, New York, during a time when jazz music was a large part of Harlem culture.
The New York Giants called Harlem and the Polo Grounds home for almost seventy years, and during their stay there, the early seeds of what would become the San Francisco Giants' logo began to take root.
See Peter Scriver, Beschryvinge der Stad Harlem (Haarlem, 1628); Scheltema, Levensschets van Laurens d.