Definitions

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

Etymologies

From Nieuw Haarlem ("new Haarlem"), the original Dutch name of the area, after Haarlem, a city in the Netherlands. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "HARLEM 9/11" In Washington playwright Steve Langley's drama-comedy, a Harlem family struggles to deal with the loss of its breadwinner, who worked at the World Trade Center.

    Going Out Guide for Washington, D.C., Aug. 5-11

  • Exhibitions and Tours harlem is… - This award-winning eight-part exhibition series celebrates the legendary people, places and institutions that helped shape the world-famous Harlem community.

    Dwyer Cultural Center Inaugural Programming In Harlem «

  • THE HARLEM PROBLEM: PLENTY OF BUYERS, NOT ENOUGH LAWYERS Fifty-eight West 120th Street is not a remarkable building, though the 1890's house stands on a pretty block, west of Mount Morris Park and east of Lenox Avenue, that has become popular in the Harlem real-estate boom.

    Did Sen. Jon Corzine Keep Park Ave. Condo as His Back-Up Plan?

  • HARLEM - An NYPD detective invited to a community meeting about concerns of police brutality was refused entry into a Harlem mosque because he refused to relinquish his badge and his gun, police said.

    Atlas Shrugs

  • Sapphire, who taught teenagers in Harlem from the early '80s to the early' 90s, formed this book upon what she saw around her.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Annie Meyding, a broker at Walker Malloy & Co. said activity in Harlem is beginning to pick up and that she has leased several properties there in the last year.

    Harlem goes upscale with Marcus Samuelsson «

  • Having great restaurants deliver food to my door in Harlem is welcome.

    Harlem Delivers Food Now «

  • Add on the "zero" votes that Obama got in Harlem (hmmm, Harlem is black, blacks have been voting for Obama 90%-10%, and Obama got no votes) ... sounds fishy to me, Terry.

    West Virginia Gov. not ready to call race for Obama

  • The talk in Harlem is not of ethics investigations and potential penalties, but of dignity — Mr. Rangel’s and, by extension, Harlem’s.

    Rangel’s End Exaggerated? «

  • I would love to hear from more folks who lived in Harlem and remember the Apollo and Penny Arcade in the 50's.

    Malcolm X lawyer, New York pol Percy Sutton dead at 89

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