The New York Public Library's Community Oral History Project is an initiative taking place at NYPL branches that aims to document, preserve, and celebrate the rich history of the city's unique neighborhoods by collecting the stories of people who have experienced it firsthand.
"Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities."
"From about the 1690s until 1794, both free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6-acre burial ground in Lower Manhattan, outside the boundaries of the settlement of New Amsterdam, later known as New York."
"The Battery is one of New York City’s oldest public parks. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan overlooking New York Harbor, The Battery hosted Dutch settlers when they established New Amsterdam."
"Harlem One Stop is a cultural tourism initiative of the Hamilton Heights West Harlem Community Preservation Organization (CPO) which seeks to establish a one stop network for Upper Manhattan-Harlem-based tourism through alliances and strategic partnerships."
"Between 1880 and 1924, two and a half million East European Jews came to the United States. Close to 85 percent of them came to New York City, and approximately 75 percent of those settled initially on the Lower East Side."
Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem are undergoing a rebirth that Led Black has dubbed the Uptown Renaissance. The Uptown Collective’s mission is to document that verve, energy and dynamism in real time as well as to help shape it’s trajectory.