Harlem

Harlem

[hahr-luhm]
noun
1.
a section of New York City, in the NE part of Manhattan.
2.
a tidal river in New York City, between the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, which, with Spuyten Duyvil Creek, connects the Hudson and East rivers. 8 miles (13 km) long.
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Harlem (ˈhɑːləm)
 
n
a district of New York City, in NE Manhattan: now largely a Black ghetto

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Harlem
Manhattan district, used figuratively for "African-American culture" from 1934. The N.Y. community was founded 1658 and originally named Nieuw Haarlem for Haarlem in Netherlands, which probably is from Du. haar "height" + lem "silt," in ref. to its position on a slight elevation on the banks of the Spaarne
River.
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Harlem definition


Neighborhood of Manhattan.

Note: Mostly populated by African-Americans, Harlem has long been a center of black culture.
Note: During the 1920s, Harlem was the site of a great upsurge in black literature, music, and theater known as the Harlem Renaissance.
Note: The area now contains a large Puerto Rican population and, after a period of economic decay, has experienced a revitalization.
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