Vintage Pics of New York in the 1940s.


May 1943. “New York. Emptying garbage and trash from Harlem apartment houses.”
Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information.
Harlem is a large neighborhood within the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan.
Since the 1920s, Harlem has been known as a major African-American residential, cultural and business center.
It is named after the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.
Harlem’s history has been defined by a series of economic boom-and-bust cycles, with significant population shifts accompanying each cycle.
African-American residents began to arrive en masse in 1905, with numbers fed by the Great Migration.
SHORPY_8d28517aIn the 1920s and 1930s, Central and West Harlem were the focus of the “Harlem Renaissance”, an outpouring of artistic work without precedent in the American black community.
However, with job losses in the time of the Great Depression and the deindustrialization of New York City after World War II, rates of crime and poverty increased significantly.
via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive ::

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