Rory C. and Saundra Heath

Neighbors Rory C. (49) and Saundra Heath [no age given] share memories of their lives in Harlem, from their favorite spots in the neighborhood to meeting local legends.

Chrissy Nance and Jayson Gardner

Friends and neighbors Chrissy Nance (49) and Jayson Gardner (51) share stories of the changes their block has seen throughout their lives in Harlem.

Joseph Wesolowski and Wendy Wesolowski

Joseph Wesolowski (76) talks with his wife, Wendy Wesolowski (59), about growing up as a street kid in the East Village of New York City, high school, his career in Engineering and adoption of their children.

Thaddeus Shakoor and Baheejah Shakoor

Husband and wife, Thaddeus Shakoor (79) and Beheejah Shakoor (80), talk about when they first met and reflect on their relationship over the years.

Harold Raines, Yvette Russell, and Hunter Russell-Horton

Harold Raines (72) speaks to his neighbors, mother and son Yvette Russell (53) and Hunter Russell-Horton (17) about life in Harlem. They reflect on the their memories of the neighborhood, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their hopes for...

Grace Williams and Maria Granville

Friends Grace Williams [no age given] and Maria Granville (65) talk about Ms. Grace's childhood in Harlem, the history and culture of the neighborhood, and their hopes for the future of their community.

Steve Sparr interview #1

We are in Ariella’s apartment and we open up the interview with questions about Steve’s grandparents. This interview focuses on Steve’s humble beginnings. Enjoy!

In Your Own Words with Kyle Dudley

Originally a celebration of Black History Month, February 2018, Middlebury College's Davis Family Library initiated a series of oral interviews, "In Your Own Words." In them, Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer engages members of the community who trace their...

Naomi Graver and Edgar Holley

Friends Naomi Graver (24) talks with Edgar "Ed" Holley (52) remember their mutual friend, Cheikh. Ed was a baseball coach for Cheikh when he was just a teen. Years later Ed would learn that he left a huge impression on...

Lilian C. and Gary [No Name Given]

Neighbors Lilian C. (54) and Gary [No Name Given] (66) discuss the changes they’ve seen in Harlem through the last two decades and reflect on the special qualities of their neighborhood.

Lou Berger – Willowood x PC

Pedro Damasceno (17) speaks to Lou Berger (95). Interview hosted by Pine Crest’s Photography Club at the Willowood Brookdale resident center on August 9th, 2017. Lou shares the story of his life; New York, the army, love, and education. c/o...

Ruthann Richert, Joyce Larson, and Gregory Carey

Gregory Carey (67) interviews his neighbors Ruthann Richert (72) and Joyce Larson [no age given] about moving to Harlem in the 1980s, and about their life in the Mount Morris Park community.

Juanita Dean and Tyler Colón

Tyler Colón (21) interviews his neighbor Juanita Dean (92) about her life in and memories of Harlem. She also talks about her family and her career path.

Travis Simon and Najhim Luke

Travis Simon (31) interviews his friend Najhim Luke (23) about his life, what he's overcome and his goals for his future and his family. Najhim also shares his thoughts on the criminal justice system and what it's been like to...

Grandma Sonia

I talk to my grandmother about her life growing up in New York, getting married and moving to Florida, raising 4 kids and working a full time job.

Nonna: Reflections on Immigrating from Italy to NYC

I talked with my Nonna about her life in Italy, what is was like to immigrate to NY and raise a family here, and tried to solicite life advice from her.

“I knew I was on dangerous ground:” Two men working to tell the story of a lifetime.

Fred and Craig talk about their five-year project to write Fred’s life story, a story with roots in the South during the Great Depression, and stops in the Army, the prize-fighting world, Harlem, Sing-Sing Prison, and Washington DC.

Russell Meredith, Leo Gaudin, Susan O'Neill, and Jonathan Basile

Russell Meredith (88) speaks with Leo Gaudin (67), Susan O'Neill (63), and Jonathan Basile (26) about his military assignments during World War II, his travels, and dealing with racial prejudice in the South and North.

Bess Robinson Alpaugh: A Legacy

My grandmother answers various questions regarding her childhood in Montana, the grief of losing her husband, and raising six children all in her own.

My Friend Aladji Sow

My name is Caren, and I met Aladji in Atlanta, Georgia this November 2022. I quickly realized that he has a very very interesting life that I thought would be perfect for StoryCorps. Aladji is from Senegal, and he’s been...

The Continuing Life of Sam Wilson, Jr.

Sam Wilson, Jr.'s childhood memories growing up in Harlem and Bronx, NY through adulthood with his family Sam Wilson, Sr. mother Ora and sister Waltrina. He also shares sweet memories of Aunt Catherine, Granny Sadie and Great Granny Evelyn Middleton.

Dinner Talk

Chantel talked about her upbringing as a child, how important family is, and the valuable lessons she’s learned over the years.