Young boys with play a street game in Spanish Harlem in January 1947.
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Harlem's Apollo Theater would have new neighbors on a revamped 125th Street.
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This summer Chris Rock filmed
his acclaimed HBO special, Bigger and Blacker, at the legendary
Apollo Theater in Harlem, below. Rock's comedy is sometimes blue,
but, says Dick Gregory, "if you took out all his profanity, it
would still be funny"
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People wait in line to speak to potential employers at a New York state jobs fair in the Harlem Armory on June 7, 2012 in New York City.
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Heating oil is delivered to a building in Harlem January 12, 2010 in New York City.
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At New York City's Future Leaders Institute in Harlem, students, who previously hadn't even seen a Lacrosse stick, are learning the game.
Outgoing director of the World Health Organisation Norwegian Gro Harlem Brundtland
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Former president Bill Clinton greets the crowd gathered in Harlem
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Barack Obama greets his supporters as scholar Cornell West stands next to him during 'A Night at the Apollo' fundraiser event at the Apollo Theater, November 29, 2007 in Harlem
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Unpublished. Willie Mays at home in Harlem with his landlady, Mrs. Ann Goosby, in 1954. A profile of Mays published that year in LIFE pointed out that Mrs. Goosby "cooks his meals, keeps his clothes clean and generally takes care of" the young star.
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This frame grab from video released by WABC-TV in New York shows fire and smoke beneath the 138th Street lift bridge on the Harlem River, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, in New York
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Financier and philanthropist George Soros announces his $35 million dollar donation to help New York children with their school supplies at P.S. 208 in Harlem
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) and US actor/activist Danny Glover hug each other in Harlem, New York.
In a slick p.r. move last week, Clinton looks at a Harlem office and gets mobbed
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Joseph Holland: Today (left) a suburban dad; in '91 a Harlem businessman