Harlem, NYC is Manhattan’s iconic African American neighborhood. 125th St is the main street, anchored by the Apollo Theater.
116th St is the main Latin street and West African street. East of Lenox/Malcolm X Blvd is Latin and west of Lenox is West African. That’s almost poetic because the Latin Caribbean is very West African.
Spanish Harlem is “El Barrio” East Harlem.
SKINNY’S CANTINA ON THE HUDSON
Manhattanville (West Harlem)
Friday-Saturday, August 7-8, 2021, 3-8pm
This library of African culture grew out of the literary collection of Puerto Rican collector Arturo Alfonso Schomburg during the Harlem Renaissance
HARLEM, NYC ~ It opened in 1938 and in the 1940s Dizzy, Bird, Thelonious and friends created bebop here
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
From 111th St to 136th St
Sunday, September 16, 2018
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…
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.