Harlem is Manhattan’s iconic African American neighborhood. It is famous for Jazz, Lindy Hop Swing dancing, Rhythm and Blues, and good food. A lot of history was made here. The Harlem Renaissance was in the 1920s and 1930s.
Spanish Harlem is “El Barrio” East Harlem.
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
National Jazz Museum jmih.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
SKINNY’S CANTINA ON THE HUDSON
Manhattanville (West Harlem)
Friday-Saturday, August 7-8, 2021, 3-8pm
Wed-Sat, April 4, 6, 7, 2018
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Amazing African-American, Brazilian & Puerto Rican dancers at New York City Center
The Apollo Theater is a legendary African American theater. It is the heart and soul…
Ginny’s Supper Club is a Jazz cellar at the Red Rooster in Harlem. The food…
Minton’s Playhouse is a historic Harlem jazz club where Bebop modern Jazz was born in…
The Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a New York Public Library…
HARLEM & VIRTUAL
August 6-15, 2021
116th St between Malcolm X Blvd & Fifth Avenue
Saturday, June 19, 2021
AMC Magic Johnson Theatre
Thursday, May 6, 2021
STREAMING IN NY
Fri-Sun, May 7-9, 2021
Sunday-Sunday, August 16-23, 2020
HARLEM, New York City
Sunday, September 15, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ Melba Moore and the Orange Crush Roaring Lion Marching Band of Lincoln University lead the parade on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
SUGAR HILL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Sunday, July 28, 2019
August 12-23, 2017
Celebrate Cuban music and culture at venues in Harlem and across metropolitan New York City from August 14-21, 2016
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.