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 New York skyline. Digital ID: 809665. New York Public Library

New York, New York, what a hellava town. Where tens of thousands of neighborhoods , no more than a few blocks long and a couple of blocks wide are filled with a variety of stores and shops operating in a substantially self-sufficient way. They are like little cities within a big city. Despite public awareness of the American traditions, multi-ethnic groups continue to practice their own traditions and culture. It's this diversity, which makes America's city so unique. Whether you live in the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Jewish Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, Italian Harlem, Chinatown, El Barrio, Little Italy, or Yorktown, life-long relationships never cease to be formed. So powerful is this sense of neighborhood, that many families as well as their descendants would spend their entire lives living within its confines.

New York City has always had its share of growing pains, complete with political, social and economic upheavals galore. What are some of the recurring issues? Crime; accommodating masses of impoverished immigrants and migrants; the deterioration of neighborhoods; intolerable housing and extortionate rents; high taxes; unemployment; political and racial riots; police brutality and political corruption: and that's just the beginning. Yet, in spite of all the discomforts and miseries, miraculously, most of those who crowd the city streets of the” Big Apple” choose to stay. New York, New York.

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Chronology Of New York City's Factual "First"  1524-1999

Researched and compiled by Miriam B. Medina

Please Note: The compilation of "Chronology of New York City's Factual First 1524-1999 is the result of 12 years of extensive research of books, newspapers and public records by Miriam Medina. Most of the information that has been used is documented at the end of each century section corresponding with its number. This project is property of Miriam Medina to be posted to thehistorybox.com. There will be new updates posted from time to time, as more research is done. PLEASE do not copy. You may link to these pages if you like. Thank you.
 

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Harlem, was once a district of quiet farms, where lived a few Hollanders, French Huguenots, Danes, Swedes, and Germans. For three decades the Germans were the dominant element, with the Irish ranking second. The immigration waves of the 1880s and 1890s brought in Jews and Italians. Then the African- American began to come in from downtown, from the South, and from the West Indies. There are four Harlems: Black, Spanish, Jewish and Italian. By the 1930s half a million people crowded into the largest slum area in New York.

Read neighborhood stories, know the people of Harlem, their traditions, culture, and contributions to the history of New York City. Visit the famous nightclubs and theaters, where the best of entertainment was enjoyed, as well as the Italian Feasts of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Read a five page essay on East Harlem by the title of "The Ebb and Flow of East Harlem's Ethnic Changes"

                                                                 Harlem :Historic Heart of Black New York      

Italian Harlem: East Harlem        

Spanish Harlem: East Harlem (El Barrio)

The section "Tenement Living and Pressing Social Issues of Urban Life" gives a glimpse of how New Yorkers lived during the 19th and 20th century amid the crime, filth and disease. In this section is also an interesting narration, reflecting on how a family struggles financially during the 40s and early 50s, describing in detail their daily lives in East Harlem, New York.  Modern homelessness, the Aging Population, the struggles for Human and Gender Identity, historical facts, Panics and much more can all be found listed throughout the 68 Sections of the New York City Main Directory.

Street scene  Poor home. New York City  Negro Family

Photo Credits: Lewis W. Hine Series

Essay: "Brother Can You Spare A Dime" written by Miriam Medina reflecting on the years leading up to the Great Depression. 8/20/2008

 

The following articles pertain to Urban life past and present.

The Italian Immigrant Experience

Once Upon A Time, Home Sweet Home (Homelessness)

"I Go To America," Reaching For The American Dream

"Yikes! What A Way To Go....NYC's Travel Experience" .

An essay on modern day traffic and its fuel situation, with a chronology of NYC's Travel Experience dating from 1642 to 2000.

 

Please keep talking to us: your input is helping make us one of the nation's premiere history websites. Thank you, and a warm welcome to 2011 from thehistorybox.com.

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 The New York City Main Directory has circa 1800  articles that pertain to its early history. For quick access to the table of contents for  these articles, CLICK HERE.

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 The night school. Digital ID: 809623. New York Public Library  

 

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 "Oye Hermano, Tienes Una Moneda Que Darme?" is a translation of the article "Hey Brother Can You Spare A Dime?"

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Photo Credit: Welcome To The Land of Freedom 1887 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA LC-USZC2-1255
As the mass of immigrants approached the statue in the New York Harbor, smiles spread across their wretched lifeless faces and they raised their voices in unison "America." "America!" For the newcomers the American Dream was finally at hand.  Read More......

The Spanish Corner

"El Rincón En Espańol"

This section will be dedicated to articles of historical interest, urban issues, positive thinking, and other diverse information written in Spanish. Music forms an important part of the Latin people's culture and heritage. I have provided an insight into this through the viewing of you-tube videos.

                                 
Hispanic  Americans that have come from diverse nations and backgrounds to the United States over the centuries , have sacrificed and toiled incessantly making major contributions to the economic strength of America and to a richer cultural diversity in the field of arts, music, education, language and cuisine.

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SEPTEMBER

A New Page has been added to thehistorybox.com honoring the innocent victims of 9/11 by the name of "The History Box Remembers September 11, 2001."  9/10/10
A New Page has been added to thehistorybox.com honoring the innocent victims of 9/11 by the name of "Brusciano, Italy remembers the Innocent Victims and Heroes of 9/11 . 9/3/10.

AUGUST

The Article: "September 11, 2001 A Day To Remember  " has been posted to the Manhattan sub-section of the 5 Boroughs under disasters. 8/29/10.
Passenger List G  Gallotti-Guerra  of the Bruscianese Passenger List from Italy to America via Ellis Island has been posted to the Table of Contents of italian Harlem. 8/16/10
 Passenger  List  E-F   Egizio- Fuscchino  of the Bruscianese Passenger List from Italy to America via Ellis Island has been posted to the Table of Contents of italian Harlem. 8/16/10
Passenger  List  D   Page:  2  D' Maiolo- Di Sarno of the Bruscianese Passenger List from Italy to America via Ellis Island has been posted to the Table of Contents of italian Harlem. 8/16/10
Passenger  List  D   Page:  1  D'Almore-Di Maio of the Bruscianese Passenger List from Italy to America via Ellis Island has been posted to the Table of Contents of italian Harlem. 8/16/10
Passenger  List  C   Page:  2  Castelluci-Crecone of the Bruscianese Passenger List from Italy to America via Ellis Island has been posted to the Table of Contents of italian Harlem. 8/16/10
 Passenger  List  C   Page: 1   Caccuri-Castaldo of the Bruscianese Passenger List from Italy to America via Ellis Island has been posted to the Table of Contents of italian Harlem. 8/16/10
 Passenger List  A-B of the Bruscianese Passenger List from Italy to America via Ellis Island has been posted to the Table of Contents of Italian Harlem  8/16/10.
A press release with Institutional greetings from the Mayor of Brusciano, Italy praising the efforts of all involved in the Giglio Feast of Sant'Antonio of East Harlem, New York . which also included the name of Miriam Medina, website Administrator of thehistorybox.com, has been posted to the Italian Harlem page.  8/16/10
The article: "Fear-crazed women besiege Harlem School   " has been posted to the Italian harlem section of the NYC Main Directory under Italian Community.  8/16/10

JULY

I am  creating a list of Bruscianese Passengers that immigrated to America via Ellis Island, from Brusciano, italy , during the end of the 19th century up until 1924. I am dedicating this list to the descendants of these passengers. I have done extensive research to locate these names, so far I have about 500.  Table  of  Contents 7/18/2010.

JUNE

The Article: Cruisin' the 50s in Spanish Harlem has been posted to the Spanish Harlem section of the NYC Main Directory 6/5/10.
The Article: "Disasters on Fifth Avenue " has been posted to the Fifth Avenue Section in the NYC Main Directory. 6/3/10

MARCH

The Article: "Parades and Funeral Processions on Fifth Avenue Pt. 4" has been posted to the Fifth Avenue Section in the NYC Main Directory. 3/31/2010.
The Article: "Parades and Funeral Processions on Fifth Avenue Pt. 3" has been posted to the Fifth Avenue Section in the NYC Main Directory. 3/31/2010.
The Article: "Parades and Funeral Processions on Fifth Avenue Pt. 2" has been posted to the Fifth Avenue Section in the NYC Main Directory. 3/31/2010.
The Article: " Parades and Funeral Processions on Fifth Avenue Pt. I " has been posted to the Fifth Avenue Section in the NYC Main Directory. 3/31/2010
"Cruisin' the 50s in East Harlem  has 8 pages in its contents and is located in Italian Harlem . 3/19/2010

FEBRUARY

The Article: Slaves in the Trenches 1888 (Italians who work like slaves and live like pigs for little or no pay.) Posted to the Italian Community Page in Italian Harlem in the NYC Main Directory
The Article: Assimilation: The Early Italian Immigrant's Dilemma by Miriam B. Medina  has been posted to Italian Harlem's Immigration Page.  2/11/10.

JANUARY

The Article: "July Thunder Storm 1880 " has been posted to the Weather/Natural Disasters Section in the NYC Main Directory 1/14/10.