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Hotel Theresa

The imposing and historic Hotel Theresa

New York City

During the 1940s and 1950s, the Theresa was known as the "Waldorf of Harlem," hosting many of America's most prominent black social, political, entertainment, and sports figures, as well as many foreign dignitaries. Built from 1912 to 1913, it remained a hotel until the late 1960s. The Theresa was also home to important Harlem institutions, including the March Community Bookstore and Malcolm X's Organization of Afro-American Unity. The Theresa entered the national limelight in 1960 when Fidel Castro chose to stay at the hotel while visiting New York to speak at the United Nations.

Photo: The imposing and historic Hotel Theresa
– Anthony Robins, courtesy of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

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