Harlem is NYC’s iconic African American neighborhood. It is famous for Jazz, Swing, Rhythm and Blues, Rap, great food and fun nights.
Hudson River | Harlem | Fifth Avenue
Central Park North (110th)
A lot of history was made here. The Harlem Renaissance produced legendary artists in the 1920s and 30s. The Black Arts Movement of the 1960-70s was the Harlem Renaissance 2.0. Today Harlem is the center of the Harlem Renaissance 3.0, the explosion of Black Arts in America.
Spanish Harlem is “El Barrio” East Harlem. Fifth Avenue is the dividing line. We cross both ways. Sugar Hill is a legendary neighborhood in North Harlem.
Latin Culture in Harlem
MUSIC Friday-Saturday, February 24-25, 2023
Manhattanville, West Harlem
THEATER Fri-Sat, March 24-25, 2023
DANCE Thu-Sat, April 13-15, 2023
THEN AND NOW CONFERENCE
Thu-Sat, May 18-20, 2023
Sunday, September 18, 2022
ADAM CLAYTON POWELL JR BLVD
August 12-21, 2022
Saturday, June 18, 2022
MASJID MALCOM SHABAZZ
At the Kwanzaa: A Regeneration Celebration, Stephanie Berry hosts Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Company and friends at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 7:30pm. From $25. 🇺🇸
The 53rd NYC African American Day Parade 2022 marches on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (Seventh Avenue) between 111th St and 137th St in Harlem on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 1pm. The Pre-Parade Show is on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd & 125th St from 11am – 1pm. The Pre-Parade Children’s Community Literacy Event is fun for kids with a free book giveaway on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd at 127th St from 9am – 1pm. Free. 🌍🇺🇸
This is about Central Harlem from 110th St (Central Park) to 155th St between Morningside/St Nicholas and Fifth Avenue.
- The main African American street is 125th St, anchored by the Apollo Theater. 125th is a long sidewalk market.
- The main West African street is 116th St west of Malcolm X/Lenox Blvd. It’s anchored by the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market.
- The main Latin street is 116th St east of Malcolm X/Lenox Blvd.
Studio Museum studiomuseum.org
Maysles Documentary Center maysles.org
Abyssinian Baptist Church abyssinian.org
Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market is a great West African market.
African American Day Parade (Sep 2021)
Harlem International Film Festival (May 2021)
Harlem Week (Aug 2021)
Marcus Garvey Park
St Nicholas Park
Red Rooster is Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant and home of Ginny’s Supper Club. redroosterharlem.com
Harlem is Home
Harlem is not just Manhattan’s African neighborhood, it is a major center of African American culture in the United States.
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s was an intellectual flowering of African American thought and culture that remains significant today.
Bebop jazz or modern jazz, and swing dancing come from Harlem. Latin Jazz comes from East Harlem, but the Latin musicians were sneaking out at night to listen to Jazz in Harlem, so Latin Jazz has Harlem in it too.
The neighborhood is dealing with gentrification like all New York City neighborhoods, but at its core, Harlem is a community. It’s the only neighborhood in Manhattan where if you are laying on the ground, someone will come ask if you are okay. Everywhere else people will just step over your body. Harlem is special.
“There is a rose in Black and Spanish Harlem”Ben E. King and then Aretha Franklin by Jerry Lieber (1960)
If home is where the heart is, Harlem is home.