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Harlem New York



I used to drink in a bar in the village called Lion’s Head. It was full of newspaper people. The Village Voice was around the corner, and a lot of guys from the papers would come and drink. It was a great bar full of great bullshitters. I knew a fireman that drank there occasionally and he had done a book. I thought, “Wow. That could be a really good story, about firemen.” I was so against that frigging war and I thought, what’s the opposite of a soldier going and killing people they don’t know? A fireman saving people they don’t know. I got permission, and finally ended up with a rescue team that covered all of the Bronx and Harlem.

New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous.
But there is one thing about it — once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough. (c) America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

The placename «Harlem» goes from the Dutch town Harulahem which took its title from word Haaro-heim. Literally it means «high place on a sand covered with trees»
Almost 30 criminal gangs of Afro-Americans were interacting in Harlem in 1930`s. The leader of one of the powerful group was a woman — Stephanie St. Clair. Every gang took under control nearly 20 blocks of the neighborhood.