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Sacks Guides NYT through Historic San Juan Hill

Marcy Sacks, author of Before Harlem: The Black Experience in New York City Before World War I, guides New York Times reporter John Strausbaugh through the Manhattan’s San Juan Hill neighborhood in "Jazz in New York," an nytimes.com online video report.

In this video and the related New York Times article, Sacks not only describes the poor living conditions and ethnic tensions that shaped San Juan Hill in the early twentieth century. She also evokes the area’s energetic cultural history.