THE MICHAEL A. LENTINI ARCHIVES PAGE IS UP & RUNNING! VISIT THE PAGE TO VIEW THE FABULOUS VINTAGE YEARBOOKS & PHOTOS! Many thanks to Mikey Lentini, for sharing with me his yearbooks, and personal photos! Grazie Mille, Mikey! You’re the best!Posted: June 7, 2022 Filed under: Angela's Digital Footprint, Angela's picture galleries, East Harlem, East Harlem Ephemera, East Harlem School Days, Italian Americans, Italian East Harlem, New York City, NEW YORK ITALIANS, Pleasant Avenue, Thomas Jefferson Park, Vintage Photography | Tags: East Harlem, Italian Harlem 7 Comments
‘‘Twas a balmy summer day on the East River…Look, there’s Washburn!Posted: November 8, 2021 Filed under: Angela's picture galleries, Architecture, But Not Forgotten!, East Harlem, Gone, Italian Americans, Italian East Harlem, New York City, NEW YORK ITALIANS, Pleasant Avenue, Vintage Photography | Tags: East Harlem, East River, factory, forgotten new york city, Gone, History, Italian American, Italian East Harlemites, Italian Harlem, Italian Immigrants, Journey to Italian Harlem, Little Italy, Manhattan, New York City, Nostalgia, nyc, old building, Pleasant Avenue, Urban History, urban landscape, vacant, vintage photographs, Washburn Wire 8 Comments
On a warm summer day, well over 30 years ago, I was out boating with my cousin, Guy. As we were passing East Harlem, heading North up the East River, I saw the vacant Washburn Wire Factory. It was located between East 117th and 118th Street, at the end of the 500 block, off Pleasant Avenue, by the East River Drive.
My family lived right up the block from that once active factory- back in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. At the time of this actual photo, I had a feeling that Washburn had outlived its welcome, and that it would be just a “matter of time” before it would be (ultimately) demolished & replaced. So…with that thought in mind, as we were drawing closer to the vacant factory, I quickly reached for my film camera and took this photo!
Behold a moment in time- captured on a hazy & humid summer day- on the often tumultuous East River! Thankfully, the river was very calm when this photo was taken!
VINTAGE EAST HARLEM- FLASHBACK to P.S. 102: FIRST GRADE CLASS PHOTO!Posted: November 6, 2021 Filed under: Angela's picture galleries, East Harlem, East Harlem School Days, Italian Americans, Italian East Harlem, Just for fun, New York City, NEW YORK ITALIANS, Vintage Photography | Tags: East Harlem, first generation italian american, History, Italian, Italian American, Italian Harlem, italians, Little Italy, memory lane, New York City, nyc, nyc public schools, public school 102, school days, second generation italian american, Tenements, the old neighborhood, uptown little italy 8 Comments
This heartwarming “blast from the old neighborhood’s past”, was thoughtfully sent to me by one of my readers, Steven B., who is a former Italian East Harlemite. This adorable photo depicts Steven’s 1st grade class, from Public School #102, which is located at 315 East 113th Street-between 1st & 2nd Avenue. The approximate year was circa 1953-54.
According to Steven’s memories of his East Harlem school days, the male teacher in the photo was named Mr. Dupoid. (spelling uncertain). You can find Steven sitting in the first row-4th from the right, with hat in hand. 🙂 Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful vintage photo with us, Steven! It truly is a historical gem!
A note to my readership: Take a look at the teachers, and the children in this class photo. If you recognize anyone, feel free to comment on who they are, and point out exactly where they are in this photo! Thanks, and enjoy! P.S. The children in this photo would currently be around 73-74 years old!
My Motivation Behind the Creation of ItalianHarlem.com- My Father, Albert :-)Posted: October 27, 2015 Filed under: Angela's picture galleries, But Not Forgotten!, East Harlem, Genealogy & DNA, Italian Americans, Italian East Harlem, Vintage Photography, Voices of East Harlem | Tags: 1800's, 1900's, Blogging, Digital Memorial, East Harlem, Family, Family History, Harlem, Historical, History, Immigrants, Italian, Italian American, Italian East Harlem, Italian Harlem, Italian Immigrants, Little Italy, Manhattan, Memory, Motivation, New York City, Nostalgia, nyc, Tenement, Tenement Life, Tenements, Turn of the Century, Urban History, Urban Jungle 10 Comments
In December of 2007, I was 3 years into my “whirling dervish” obsession of gaining every drop of family history knowledge that I could garner. It became self-evident that my ancestral journey had begun, and so I conceived the idea of creating a website to memorialize, and forever “etch” into existence, the information that I would render from this extensive research. I named my website “Pathway to My Ancestry,” and so began the painstaking steps to build the site on the then existing “Live Spaces” platform. A few years into building the site, live spaces was drawing to closure, thereby necessitating me to find another platform to maintain my website. Hence, I found WordPress, and so here I am, and hopefully, will continue to be! In the interim, I had to transfer whatever was transferable to the new website, and decided to change the title of my blog to “Italian Harlem.”
Consequently, my ancestral journey transitioned from a personal family history journey, to a much broader sense of consciousness…that of the desire for public awareness of a now defunct Italian community in New York City. This “microcosm” of an urban neighborhood was “developed” in the 1870’s, with the building of tenement housing, and was originally inhabited by Italian immigrants, primarily male laborers. I discovered a broader sense of the “pulse” of this Italian community, through the voices of my father, his brothers, sisters, cousins, and others who once lived in East Harlem, when it was referred to by its residents as “Harlem.” As I listened to the stories of a bygone time, resounding with carefree thoughts of the “good old days,” it occurred to me that there was much more to this old neighborhood than the stories that were resonating in my mind. I was right! The posts that I have shared, and will share, within this blog, are a testament to the true nature, and fabric of a place that really mattered to a multitude of Italian immigrants and their families.
As I am drawing near to the 11th year anniversary of what has become a nostalgic endeavor of “genealogical/anthropological/sociological/historical” research of “Ye Olde Italian Harlem,” I must tell you that this historical journey has been, and will continue to be an intrinsic part of my life here on this planet. My interest in preserving the memory of Italian Harlem will never falter. My research is a true passion of mine, one of many passions that I am fortunate enough to have in my life, including first, and foremost, my beautiful children, a loving and devoted husband, and my adorable rescue Shih Tzu furbaby “Romeo.” I also embrace my love of photography, and my fascination for the metaphysical sciences!
If there was one person that instilled in me an interest in the history of Italian Harlem, it was my father. My dad was born in 1924 in a tenement apartment on East 110th Street, right next to St. Ann’s Church. He was one of 7 children. His dad, Anthony (Tony) was a produce shop owner, who also sold fruits and vegetables on a pushcart on First Avenue. My dad’s mom, Catherine (Katie) was a seamstress, church secretary, playwright/producer, milliner,(hatmaker) homemaker, realtor, entrepreneur…a true Renaissance woman. I learned so much about my grandparents, and great grandparents, thanks to the amazing memory of my father, Albert, and his siblings. I am forever grateful to them for sharing with me, through their youthful eyes, their life and times in the old neighborhood.
My father, who was “larger than life,” passed away 3 days before his 89th birthday, in January of 2013. I dedicate this website to the memory of my wonderful and charismatic father, who was known by many as “Uncle Al.” Although he had hoped to live to “a hun 10,” (as he would often say,) his bright spirit and memory lives on throughout this weblog and within the lives of those who knew, and very much loved him.
The Madonna of E. 115th Street is in Need of Repair! A Call for Help: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Statue…Needs Your Pledge of Assistance!Posted: October 12, 2014 Filed under: Churches of East Harlem, East Harlem Events | Tags: East 115th Street, East Harlem, East Harlem Events, Italian East Harlemites, Italian Harlem, Italian Immigration, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, The Madonna of 115th Street Leave a comment
The Giglio Society Hosts “Italian Night for Men”Posted: October 12, 2014 Filed under: East Harlem Events | Tags: East Harlem Events, Giglio Society of East Harlem, Italian Harlem, Journey to Italian Harlem 1 Comment
Festa di Monte Carmela, by Daniel Celentano 1934Posted: August 22, 2013 Filed under: Italian East Harlem, New York City, Pleasant Avenue, Tenements | Tags: Daniel Celentano, East Harlem, Feast, Festa, Italian Harlem, Little Italy, Monte Carmela, Our Lady of Mount Carmel 1 Comment
Steppin’ out, Italian Harlem style!Posted: June 18, 2013 Filed under: East Harlem, Italian East Harlem, New York City | Tags: East Harlem, Italian Harlem, Thomas Jefferson Park Leave a comment
Year: 1938. Left to right,my Aunt Rose Puco,cousin Jackie(baby), and my beautiful grandmother, Katie Puco. I have enough evidence to believe that this photo was taken in front of the war memorial in Thomas Jefferson Park, in East Harlem.This memorial was known to East Harlemites as “The White House.”
Jefferson Park circa 1911Posted: June 18, 2013 Filed under: East Harlem Informational websites., Italian East Harlem, New York City | Tags: East Harlem, Italian Harlem, Jefferson Park, nyc, Thomas Jefferson Park Leave a comment
This is a photo depicting children gardening in Thomas Jefferson Park, in East Harlem, N.Y.C., circa 1911. In the background is the war memorial building, known as “The White House.” Here is the link to some wonderful vintage photos of our ancestors, as child farmers.