Vintage Night Club Map of Harlem Shows the Hottest Nightspots in Jazz-Age New York City, 1933

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Harlem nights, An annotated map of the hippest, hottest nightspots in uptown jazz-age New York

This 1933 map illustrated by cartoonist Simms Campbell shows the vibrant nightlife of a Jazz-age Harlem.

IF NEW YORK is the city that never sleeps, then this map shows you where it used to go to stay awake. It was published on January 18th 1933, in the first issue of Manhattan: A Weekly for Wakeful New Yorkers. In those days, Harlem was known by its jive-talking denizens as the “land o’ darkness”. It was a place that came alive at night, when jazz played hot and hepcats talked cool. Harlem “was the place for a Negro to be,” the singer Cab Calloway wrote in his memoir. “And no one knew it better than my friend, E. Simms Campbell” – the man behind this map.

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Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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