NYCHS Virtual Tour of Harlem Prison at Harlem Court:House

The above image shows some records remaining to be rescued in an attic-like room reachable only by ladder. Prior to the building restoration, birds once had free access through a broken window. Now no longer visited by birds, the room still evidences their having made much use of it during pre-restoration years. That poses a deterrent to attempting entry without head-to-toe protective gear. Without stepping into the room, Gerald Schultz took the photo standing backwards on a ladder in the attic access opening in the ceiling in the room below.



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Return to the access point on Page 4 of the virtual tour.


The above view is a scene originally captured on digital camera by free-lance photographer and retired NYC Correction Officer Gerald Schultz (212 222-9161) who reserves and retains all rights thereto. NYCHS appreciates his allowing the use of his photos in this web presentation.

The web page design and text are by NYCHS which reserves and retains all rights thereto. E-mail NYCHS at

Note: The unrestored look of the ex-jail and former living quarters in this image sequence and upcoming virtual tour sequences constitutes no reflection upon the NYC Civil Court, the Harlem Community Justice Center and others active in the restored part of the courthouse structure.

The ex-jail and the former living quarters are not part of the restoration program. Those unrestored parts of the building are outside the mandate of those agencies.

However, to their and their staffs' credit, they demonstrate commendable civic interest in providing what information and assistance they can to researchers studying the history of the ex-jail and former living quarters.