Harlem Guide

Harlem packs an incredible amount of history, creativity, and warmth into one neighborhood. The neighborhood’s rich culture is behind one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the world, incredible food, and beautiful architecture worth marveling at.

 

Known for the Harlem Renaissance, this neighborhood is where brilliant creatives like Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, Bessie Smith, and Zora Neale Hurston became well-recognized. Jazz and swing clubs thrived during this era – and many are still open and adored to this day. You can still visit the famed Apollo Theater, where many renowned talents got their start, and jazz and blues tours are still a popular way to explore the neighborhood. Visual art also lives on in Harlem: at the Studio Museum, you can view some of the most influential art styles of the 19th and 20th centuries created by African-American artists.

 

On the east side of Harlem, you’ll find a fantastic hub of Latin-American culture, stunning public art, and food worth writing home about. East Harlem also boasts the entrance to the Central Park Conservatory Gardens, one of the most outstanding areas of the Central Park.

 

No matter where in Harlem you find yourself, a major hallmark of the neighborhood is its phenomenal food, particularly dishes with soul food, Jewish influences, or a Latin-American background. Make a beeline for dishes like chicken and waffles, short ribs, rugelach, and rice and beans.

 

Be sure to also take a look at the Tree of Hope, a beautiful sculpture in the space where an elm tree once stood at 131st Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. Across from what was then the Lafayette Theatre, the elm tree was a sign of good luck for performers. Many a famous musician stopped to rub the tree before a performance in hopes that it would bring them a successful night. The sculpture that stands today is a thoughtful homage to the passion and talent that keeps Harlem moving.

 

What To See In Harlem

  • The Apollo Theater
  • The Studio Museum In Harlem
  • Live Jazz And Blues
  • The Cotton Club
  • El Museo del Barrio
  • Hamilton Grange
  • The Central Park Conservatory Garden
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Harlem packs an incredible amount of history, creativity, and warmth into one neighborhood. The neighborhood’s rich culture is behind one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the world, incredible food, and beautiful architecture worth marveling at.

 

Known for the Harlem Renaissance, this neighborhood is where brilliant creatives like Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, Bessie Smith, and Zora Neale Hurston became well-recognized. Jazz and swing clubs thrived during this era – and many are still open and adored to this day. You can still visit the famed Apollo Theater, where many renowned talents got their start, and jazz and blues tours are still a popular way to explore the neighborhood. Visual art also lives on in Harlem: at the Studio Museum, you can view some of the most influential art styles of the 19th and 20th centuries created by African-American artists.

 

On the east side of Harlem, you’ll find a fantastic hub of Latin-American culture, stunning public art, and food worth writing home about. East Harlem also boasts the entrance to the Central Park Conservatory Gardens, one of the most outstanding areas of the Central Park.

 

No matter where in Harlem you find yourself, a major hallmark of the neighborhood is its phenomenal food, particularly dishes with soul food, Jewish influences, or a Latin-American background. Make a beeline for dishes like chicken and waffles, short ribs, rugelach, and rice and beans.

 

Be sure to also take a look at the Tree of Hope, a beautiful sculpture in the space where an elm tree once stood at 131st Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. Across from what was then the Lafayette Theatre, the elm tree was a sign of good luck for performers. Many a famous musician stopped to rub the tree before a performance in hopes that it would bring them a successful night. The sculpture that stands today is a thoughtful homage to the passion and talent that keeps Harlem moving.

 

What To See In Harlem

  • The Apollo Theater
  • The Studio Museum In Harlem
  • Live Jazz And Blues
  • The Cotton Club
  • El Museo del Barrio
  • Hamilton Grange
  • The Central Park Conservatory Garden

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