Then & Now: Harlem Renaissance to Today

Then & Now: Harlem Renaissance to Today

Harlem will celebrate this year the 100th anniversary of its golden era: the Harlem Renaissance. Let us go back in time to look at the storied past and transformation of our most beloved NYC neighborhood! Before it became a Manhattan neighborhood, Harlem was actually a village named Nieuw Haarlem, named by the Dutch. It has ever since kept its independent spirit and its own culture, feeling like an entire new world from the rest of Manhattan. Read on to explore the riveting evolution of the Harlem neighborhood through the Harlem Renaissance.

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An Art-Lover’s Guide to NYC

An Art-Lover’s Guide to NYC

New York City is an international hub for renowned art institutes, galleries, exhibits, museums, and media; it is no surprise that the city often ranks number 1 on art-enthusiasts’ list of cities to visit. Here is a guide to our favorite art places to visit in New York.

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A History-Buff’s Guide to NYC

A History-Buff’s Guide to NYC

New York City is a major history-hub, and the best way to learn about the history is to truly immerse yourself in the culture yourself! First founded by the Dutch along the Hudson River in 1624, New Amsterdam was established 2 years later on Manhattan Island. The English later took over the area in 1664, renaming the city New York.  Between 1892 and 1954, millions of immigrants arrived in New York Harbor, first passing through Ellis Island on their journey to becoming U.S citizens. Throughout the many years, the city has evolved in various manners and the melting pot of cultures is truly evident throughout. From the Bronx, Harlem, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, visit New York and explore its rich history from the inside out, down cobblestoned streets and over the river. Check out some of our most recommended historical sites throughout the city.  Read more

A History of Gospel Music in Harlem

A History of Gospel Music in Harlem

Gospel music has the power to emotionally move you regardless of whether you are spiritually inclined or not. The neighborhood of Harlem is renowned for its authentic Gospel music, rooting all the way back to the 17th century. The history of Gospel music in Harlem shines through the culture of this rich neighborhood. Read on to see how it all happened.

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Community Highlight: ARC Gospel Choir

Community Highlight: ARC Gospel Choir

Every Wednesday morning, Harlem Spirituals conducts a tour throughout historic Harlem, concluding at the Greater Central Baptist Church for “The Hour of Power” by the ARC Gospel Choir. Although it is very easy to tell that this is a powerful and moving a cappella choir, what you may not realize is the fact that each member has found faith through Gospel that turned their lives around; these members sing to stay sober. Read on to learn where the heart and soul of ARC comes from, and why the group is so special today. Read more