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Harlem

[hahr-luh m] /ˈhɑr ləm/
noun
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 miles (13 km) long.
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  • Never nearer than Harlem Heights, where he lay with his regiment.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • It was as if a dweller in a Harlem flat had been presented with a hippopotamus.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then we moved to Harlem and I rented this place for the summer.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Yet in Harlem there was a broken old man who would not like it.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • No longer on the heights, she was in a trivial room in Harlem.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for Harlem

Harlem

/ˈhɑːləm/
noun
1.
a district of New York City, in NE Manhattan: now largely a Black ghetto
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Word Origin and History for Harlem

Manhattan district, used figuratively for "African-American culture" from 1934. The N.Y. community was founded 1658 and originally named Nieuw Haarlem for Haarlem in Netherlands, which probably is from Dutch haar "height" + lem "silt," in reference to its position on a slight elevation on the banks of the Spaarne River.

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Harlem in Culture

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Neighborhood of Manhattan.

Note: Mostly populated by African-Americans, Harlem has long been a center of black culture.
Note: During the 1920s, Harlem was the site of a great upsurge in black literature, music, and theater known as the Harlem Renaissance.
Note: The area now contains a large Puerto Rican population and, after a period of economic decay, has experienced a revitalization.
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