1. Jumel Terrace Bed & Breakfast

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    Your pied à terre on Sugar Hill. Perched on the highest elevation in Manhattan, the neighborhood feels like a slice of Colonial Williamsburg airlifted into the city. The townhouse looks at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington’s headquarters for 1776′s Battle of Harlem Heights and home to the infamous grand horizontal, Madame Jumel. At the time Duke Ellington dubbed the “The Crown of Sugar Hill,” the immediate neighborhood was also home to W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson, Johnny Hodges and dozens of Jazz Masters. The self-contained garden apartment shares the garden floor and private entrance of Jumel Terrace Books, an antiquarian bookshop specializing in Harlem Heights' history - from its roots in Revolution through the jazz-age Renaissance to its very Now now. It still swings.

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    • Jumel Terrace Books

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      Located on the ground floor of a brownstone at 426 West 160th Street, the Harlem Heights shop specializes in Local History, African and America. The Art, Myth, History & Literature of Colonial & Revolutionary Uptown New York and the Black Atlantic are our specialties. Open by appointment, invitation or serendipity. kurt@kurtthometz.com

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      • Jumel Terrace Bed & Breakfast

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        "Perched on the highest elevation in Manhattan, the neighborhood feels like a slice of Colonial Williamsburg airlifted into the city. The Palladian Morris-Jumel Mansion, built in 1765, is the oldest house in Manhattan, and was associated with George Washington and Aaron Burr. The mansion's tree-shaded grounds offer sweeping vistas across the Harlem River to Yankee Stadium and down to the spires of Midtown, glittering like Oz in the distance. There's also the implausibly quaint cobblestone street Sylvan Terrace, a single block lined with wood-framed row houses from 1882. The majestic brownstones of West 160th and West 162nd Streets that frame the area complete a pocket of almost startling gentility wedged between uppermost Harlem and Washington Heights." John Strausbaugh. NY Times, November 28, 2005. Home is Where the Art Is (and the Bookstores, Too)

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        • Onitsha Market Literature

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          From the collection of Kurt Thometz, author/editor of 'Life Turns Man Up and Down: Highlife, Useful Advice and Mad English' (New York: Pantheon Books, 2001), an anthology of Onitsha Market Literature. An indigenous Nigerian publishing phenomenon that was all the rage from World War II until the late 1960s, on the cusp between orality and literacy, the pamphlets contain stories, novels, plays and discourses on the dangers and pleasures of loose living and advice on matters ranging from selecting a wife to managing your money. See: www.kurtthometz.com for further fodder.

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          • Melanesia at Jumel Terrace Books

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            • The Black Pacific at Jumel Terrace Books

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              • As If: Bruce Davenport Jr. in conversation with Jeffrey Scherer

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                As If exhibition, Harlem, NY, "This Some Bad Shit", 2011

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                • New York Confidential: Harlem. Arte Télévision

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                  From Arte's 10th year anniversary of the sky falling in NYC on Sept. 11th, 2001, featuring stories on each of the boroughs and Harlem.

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                  • Tar Beach Reading

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                    ATTENTION SMART SHOPPERS Dis ole world getting you down? Feelin’ like the Invisible Man, with Mr. Charlie giving you the Summertime Blues? All your sick days used up and, lacking in paid vacation, island hopping between Staten, Roosevelt, Rikers and several prestige-less addresses on Western Long Island? Like all savvy New Yorkers you know, when it’s time to elude the Life, there is just one place to go. If you’ve got a roof over your head you probably got a tar beach. Even if you don’t, pack a picnic bag full of bodega goodies, your pipe, the sheet off your roommate’s bed, some WD40 (so many uses!: locks, bug spray, UV filter…) and get your Vit’ D deprived ass out from TV land and up on a roof with a cold one. And when you do, please remember paperbacks are your way to escape and Jumel Terrace Books’s got ‘em. Get away from Them-all and indulge yourself. You don’t got to be improving your mind alla time you’re catching up on your reading. Turning the page doesn’t have to mean turning over a new leaf. Your last job end in incarceration? You can learn from the experts how best elude the consequences. Ready for Revolution but not much of a joiner? Conspiracy theorists, wanna be pimps, stick-up kids, nickel-bag salesmen with aspirations, sluts with ambitions to be hoes, career criminals, wiggers, and chicken-heads in the know are all stopping by “the little black bookstore” that could before they hit the stairs or the up button on the elevator to their place in the sun.

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