In the late 1920′s, Hamilton Heights attracted wealthy African-Americans and was nicknamed “Sugar Hill,” because life there was so sweet. Harlem luminaries who have lived in Hamilton Heights include W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Strivers’ Row, located in the St. Nicholas Historic District, is also famous for beautiful townhouses that were occupied by Black middleclass professionals and civic leaders of the late 1930′s, 40′s and 50′s. In 1940, the exclusive community was described in the comedic social satire, “On Strivers’ Row.” The play was the first major production of the American Negro Theater, co-founded by Abram Hill, who resided near St. Nicholas Park.
It now stands as one of New York City’s premier historical buildings. Tours can be arranged daily. The Friends are planning events for the Grange. If interested please contact us and let us know how you would like to help.
HTB QUICK FACT: 1802, Grange Hall. Alexander Hamilton's last home, on site of the 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights. North end of St. Nicholas Park.
Contributing Resource: Friends of St. Nicholas Park