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? ...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
A new train of thought on American contemporary cuisine... Stop125 restaurant/lounge offers a downtown vibe with uptown prices. A cozy yet sleek restaurant located in the thriving neighborhood of Morningside Heights, Stop125 offers a diverse menu of small plates to entrees. Ranging from Chorizo & Mission Figs to Mini Burgers and Fondue, Stop125...more
Food. Fresh and sinful.Ambience. Recently experienced a complete overhaul. Decor is uninspired contemporary. A bit at odds with the Soul Food served.Service. The employees provide the warmth to what would otherwise be an indifferent atmosphere.Dress. Any which way you choose. Price. Reasonable. Don't let the name fool you. This place is for...more
i have lived in this neighborhood for 5 years and have watched this space change 4 or 5 times. It seems like these guys finally have it right.The food is excellent - the menu is kind of like an upscale version of Toast and the atmosphere is better than anything in this neighborhood. What really surprised me were the prices - the prices were...more
Music. Jazz that's for real. And eclectic. Swing, Bepop, Free, Hard Bop - Lenox Lounge showcases it all.Ambience. Harlem art deco at it's best. Cool, classy and swingin'. Service. A bit frantic on Friday and Saturday nights. Otherwise, warm and breezy.Price. On the weekends, it can get costly. $20 cover, 1 drink minimum. For those on the budget,...more
Dance. If you'd like to have a taste of the Swing Era ballrooms in Harlem, Monday nights at the Cotton Club and Lucy's Supper Club will give you more than a flavor. Be prepared to swing, swoon and sweat.Music. Served by the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra a.k.a. the cotton Club All-Stars, the most swingin' music in all of NYC can be found at the...more
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Me and my dad went on a trip to NYC and got lost in East Harlem. We stopped at a gas station not knowing where we were for directions and when we walked out we heard gunshots. We ran back inside the gas station but about a minute later two guys run in and tried to rob the place. But the cops were already on the way because of the shootout. That was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me. I go through Compton all the time and I’m telling you right now Harlem is scarier. I’ve never seen anything like what I saw in Harlem. When the cops showed up they asked us questions and told us East Harlem is the most heavily Blood concentrated neighborhood in the city. They’re known for going up to innocent people and slitting their face with a razor blade. Just be careful and MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE AT ALL TIMES AND ALWAYS BE CAUTIOUS OF WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND YOU.