The Apollo Theater in Harlem is one of the most famous clubs for popular music in the United States, and certainly the most famous club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers.
An Apollo Hall had been founded in New York City in the mid-1860s by former Civil War General Edward Ferrero as a dance hall and ballroom. Founded in 1913 in a different location, the new Apollo Theater was owned by various Jewish families up until World War II.
On December 15, 2005, the Apollo Theater launched the first phase of its refurbishment, costing estimated $25 million. Apollo renovation is America's most expensive and advanced refurbishment of a landmark theater.
Stop by the Studio Museum in Harlem next time your in NYC. You won't regret it. The Studio is a wealth of African-American culture that is often overlooked.
In the mood for dance? Check out the "Hoofer's House" featured on the occasional Friday night where the best tap dancers in NYC challenge one another on the "wood".
In the mood for music? Visit SMH in the summertime when the evening programming samples everything between Cuban and Neo Soul. This outdoor dance on the Studio's patio attracts the neighborhood's hip local artists and designers. Dress is smart, funky and chic.
Architecture? Take the Studio's walking tour that carefully revisits historic Harlem's best neighborhoods.
And of course, art: Amazing exhibitions that are innovative, thought provoking and manageable in one visit. You'll leave more enlightened then when you first arrived.
Price: Varies according to event. However, as SMH is a non-profit organization, much of the programming is inexpensive.
When? The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays as well as major holidays. Be certain to check their calender for upcoming programming.
Special Tip: Looking for rare publications that discuss either African-American artists or Harlem? The Studio is the spot. The Museum Bookstore features an astonishingly comprehensive collection and is a great resource for tasteful souvenirs.
The Abyssinian Baptist Church is among the most famous of the many churches in Harlem. The church traces its roots to 1808, when black parishioners left the First Baptist Church of New York in protest over racially segregated seating.
It was an important location for non-secular music in the Harlem Renaissance, and remains a center for the Harlem gospel tradition. Today the church is a vital political, social, and religious institution in New York.
Abyssinian Baptist Church Gospel Service
Situated deep in Harlem, the Abyssinian Baptist Church is a magnificent house of worship which holds renowned Sunday morning gospel services.
The church is usually ringed with a long queue of tourists each Sunday morning, so if you want to get inside we highly recommend that you arrive with plenty of time before the service begins. But don't let that put you off. The choirs are truly amazing and no other church offers quite the same level of uplifting gospel singing.
Our other tip is to make sure you're well dressed. Remember, this isn't a concert you're attending, it's a religious service. Think Sunday best and you'll fit in a little better with the locals.
When: Every Sun
Time: 9am & 11am
Free (donation suggested)
The Abyssinian was built in 1921. Housing one of New York's largest congregations, it is named after the East African Americans who were its first worshippers. With quite a history to it, pastors who have served here include Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr and Fats Waller's father. It is also where Charlie Parker's funeral was held.
I would say, people in Harlem are extremly friendly. I asked for direction, the whole family came out from home and not just showing me the direction, they chit chat with me... Mrs Amanda and her grand-dougther infront of her house.
The College is a senior college of the City University of New York. It is also the oldest of City University's twenty three institutions of higher learning.
Its neo-Gothic campus was mostly designed by George Browne Post, and many of its buildings are landmarks. The City College of New York was originally founded as the Free Academy of the City of New York in 1847 by Townsend Harris.
It is the home of Alexander Hamilton: military officer, lawyer, member of the United States Constitutional Convention, American statesman, first United States Secretary of the Treasury, and Founding Father. Born and raised in the West Indies, Hamilton came to New York in 1772 at age 17 to study at King's College (now Columbia University).
The house was moved from 237 West 141 Street about four blocks west to its present site in 1889.
Every fourth Saturday of the month at 3pm join the tour of one of Harlem/Washington Heights landmarks: The Church of the Intercession; visiting the church, crypt, cloister, and vicarage. This was one of renowned architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue's masterpieces and where he chose to be buried. Our next tours will be August 28 & September 25, 2010.
Throughout 2009. Harlem's St. Philip's Church is celebrating its 200th Anniversary. The first great thing was/is the church's interior beauty. Designed by the first African American architect licensed in the state of New York, the Gothic-style edifice was recognized as a landmark by NYC. The congregation was/is very welcoming and informative about the church's history...and they've been passing out their postcards for free!
I hear that they are having an opening ceremony for their 200-year-history exhibit at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 2 PM.
What you can see from Street 125 junction is the shops and the people. I found Harlem is one of the best place for shopping.
5 minutes walk west of D Line St 125 Subway Station, there are some very beautiful well kept historical buiding.
There is a church and very famous with its Gospel Choir. The time to come on Sunday for its Gospel Mass.