Most New York Visitors don’t prefer going far from Central Park and main city attractions. However, it is completely wrong as they miss on Harlem opportunity. Once you take a walk through Harlem, you will have the possibility to see versatile attractions from European civilizations.
1. Apollo Theatre visit
Apollo theatre is one of the main Harlem destinations with various content and program. Take an opportunity to see family shows, Amateur Night and similar. People interested in a historic tour of Apollo can take a group or individual walk.
2. Levain Bakery
Levain Bakery has been popular for sticky buns since 2009. However, the bakery is also famous for gooey chocolate chip cookies. Most residents prefer weekends for tasting this delicious food.
3. Abyssinian Baptist Church Service
Abyssinian Baptist Church represents the first African-American church in New York. The complex has been in operation since 1808 with an initial Manhattan location. Harlem church location was opened in 1923. Before visiting this church, make sure to read strict tourist policy and adhere to provisions.
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4. Sylvia’s Soul Food
If you prefer soul food, Harlem offers an extraordinary location – Sylvia. The venue was launched in 1955 as a core Harlem restaurant. Almost all celebrities and presidents who have visited New York had eaten something in Sylvia. People are mainly attracted by delicious food including tender ribs, classic sides, juicy fried chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas and more. When it comes to dessert, you are recommended to sample peach cobbler or velvet cake.
5. Northern Central Park Visit
If you visit New York Central Park, you can see different locations including the zoo, Bethesda Fountain and Wollman Rink. However, if you come close to the northern part of the location, you can enjoy a 40-acre section of the famous park. Here you can visit Lasker Rink & Pool, jogging around Harlem Meer or watch fishermen while catching.
6. Enter Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Another popular destination for Harlem visitors is the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. The project was originally commenced in 1891 and now it contains all amazing elements including Romanesque sanctuary, Gothic nave choir and similar. The Cathedral offers numerous tours for people interested in history and architecture.
7. Schomburg Centre for Research Visit
If you like learning about African civilizations, you can visit the branch of NYPL and have a great time. The center features numerous exhibitions of black people’s culture and history. You can enter the complex free of charge or visit the gallery and shop from Monday to Saturday.
8.Striver’s Row Walk
One of the amazing projects in Harlem appears in form of 130-row houses. The complex has been built in the period from 1891-93. Three architecture companies were responsible for building the complex including McKim, White, and Mead. At the moment, Striver’s Row represents the home of professional people including lawyers, administrators, and doctors. Some of the famous residents are W. C. Handy, Stepin Fetchit, Harry Wills, Fletcher Henderson, Vertner Tandy, Dr. Louis T. Wright, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Eubie Blake.
9.Studio Museum Tour
The Studio is opened in 1968 as the place which focuses on the work of international and local artists who originally come from Africa. The complex derived inspiration from black cultures. The Studio can be visited Thursday to Sunday for only $7.
10. Renaissance Ballroom & Casino
The Renaissance Ballroom & Casino began life as a theater, playing host to dance marathons, films, boxing matches, and more. And while today gamblers can play roulette at both land and online casinos, during Prohibition-era Harlem it was heavily policed.
Once Prohibition ended in 1933, the Renaissance flourished as a casino as well as a thriving music venue. The Renaissance saw more than its fair share of jazz artists, including Cootie Williams and Fletcher Henderson.
Known affectionately by its patrons as the “Renny”, the venue is unique in that it was both built and owned by African-Americans. Indeed, during the Twenties, the Renny became known as a ‘Black Mecca’.
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