from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- 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.
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- proper n. A neighborhood in northern Manhattan, currently known for its black population.
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- n. a district of Manhattan; now largely a Black ghetto
From Nieuw Haarlem ("new Haarlem"), the original Dutch name of the area, after Haarlem, a city in the Netherlands. (Wiktionary)