Harlem has long been synonymous with black culture. In the early 20th century the neighborhood was the setting for African-American-led movements in music, literature, dance and art—collectively known as the Harlem Renaissance—that featured innovators like Bessie Smith, Langston Hughes and Josephine Baker. That legacy is still evident today, especially along the area’s main thoroughfare, 125th Street, which is anchored by the Apollo Theater. Other highlights include art at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and stalwart restaurants like Sylvia’s and Amy Ruth’s (which serve soul food par excellence), as well as newer entries like Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster.
Harlem is a hotbed for live music, museums and virtually any kind of dining.
Historic music venues, a wealth of cultural institutions and world-class dining make Harlem a must-see destination.
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The Mama Foundation for the Arts offers "The Harlem Gospel Experience" through its acclaimed productions of shows such as "Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation" and "Sing, Harlem, Sing!" which are presented weekly at Harlem's Dempsey Theater (127 W.)
The Malcolm X and Dr.
Hosting programs that celebrate the diverse cultures of the African Disapora, the Franklin H.
At Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling, young children and their families discover, appreciate and create a world of art and stories.
Puerto Rican-born black scholar and bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg curated this important library—a national research center devoted to collecting and preserving documents that reflect the experiences of people of African descent throughout the world—until his death is 1938.
Stickball—a baseball variation specially developed to be played in busy urban areas that lacked parks and fields—flourished in New York City around the turn of the 20th century, thriving among the City's many immigrant communities.