- a section of New York City, in the NE part of Manhattan.
- 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.
Examples from the Web for harlem
In neighborhoods such as Harlem, 33 percent of students attend charter schools, a majority of them black or Latino.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
After raising a cool $2m last night, Will met the President today in DC while Kate visited a Harlem youth project.Kate Middleton and Prince William's $2m Dinner
December 8, 2014
Banks grew up far from the trailer park—up on 152nd St. and Amsterdam in Harlem.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom
November 17, 2014
And I think some of my favorite memories are just being all together in that house in Harlem.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
November 10, 2014
Once back in his Harlem apartment, he closely monitored his condition, taking his temperature twice a day.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere
October 24, 2014
Never nearer than Harlem Heights, where he lay with his regiment.The Contrast
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
Yet in Harlem there was a broken old man who would not like it.
But, as Harlem receded, it had ridden higher and brightened in the ride.
- a district of New York City, in NE Manhattan: now largely a Black ghetto
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.
Neighborhood of Manhattan.