East Harlem Evening Scene c.1940, by Daniel Ralph Celentano-East Harlem Born and Raised!

 East Harlem Evening Scene c.1940, by Daniel Ralph Celentano-East Harlem Born and Raised!

Celentano, at the age of 12, was Thomas Hart Benton’s first and youngest student. He attended Parson’s School of Design and the National Academy of Design, both in New York. His work often focused on East Harlem, as the subject matter of his drawings, paintings and murals. He was born and raised in the predominantly Italian neighborhood known as East Harlem. He exhibited at many of the major museums as an accomplished American Scene painter during the WPA and WWII era.
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A Rainy Day in Vintage East Harlem-Another Great Find! A window into East Harlem history, through vintage photos.

East 119 bw 2nd 3rd May 11 1919 nyplRainy day street photo: East 119th Street and 2nd Avenue, looking toward the 3rd Avenue elevated. May 11, 1919

Photo source: NYPL Digital Gallery

Yorkville Area, NYC-Vintage Photos and Demographics!



East Harlem in the Jefferson Park Area:Circa 1940’s

East Harlem in the Jefferson Park Area:Circa 1940’s

East Harlem, 1948- Sanitation campaign winning block: E. 114th St.

233 E. 114th St. dec 10 1948 hspThis photo is one of many, digitized by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. It is part of Leonard Covello’s archive. The building’s address is 233 East 114th Street. The date this photo was taken was December 10th, 1948.

Photo Source: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Photo link: http://digitallibrary.hsp.org/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/1828

Milk & Cream Wagon, 506-508 E. 118th Street Harlem, 1900

From 1950 to 1966, my family lived across the street, on East 118.

116th Street And Lexington Avenue E Harlem, 1915

East Harlem, July 9, 1915.

Interior Window: “Old Law” Tenements-New Laws for NYC’s Tenements, 1901.

(Excerpt from the Tenement House Commission’s rules and regulations)”…or unless such room has a sash window opening into an adjoining room in the same apartment said sash window- having at least fifteen square feet of glazed surface, being at least three feet by five feet between stop beads, and at least one-half thereof being made to open readily. An alcove opening of no less dimension than said sash window shall be deemed its equivalent.” Tenement House Law Reforms of 1901, Chapter III, Title II “Provisions applicable only to now existing Tenement Houses”, Section 79: Rooms, lighting, and ventilation…

Note: These interior windows were also known as “tuberculosis windows.” They were mandated by a 1901 New York City law, requiring that tenements have cross- ventilation in order to avoid spreading tuberculosis, as well as other respiratory diseases.

East Harlem Sanitation Campaign-Dec. 3, 1948

East Harlem Sanitation Campaign-Dec. 3, 1948

Students from East Harlem, New York’s Benjamin Franklin High School, marching in the Sanitation Campaign/East Harlem parade.
Source: http://digitallibrary.hsp.org/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/7248

Opening Day @ Jefferson Pool in East Harlem. My dad was there. He was 12 yrs. old.

Opening Day @ Jefferson Pool in East Harlem. My dad was there. He was 12 yrs. old.

Police control the 10,000 attendees at the opening of Thomas Jefferson Pool on June 27, 1936.

Source: http://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/pools