Come out and celebrate the biggest party of the year in New York City! A month-long list of festivities awaits your enthusiastic participation in the name of equal rights, and it’s gonna be a blast. June 2019 isn’t just another Pride month kicking off the summer on the right foot. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the birth of the LGBTQ movement, so the community is totally swinging out this first half a century with a bang. And all are invited! Here is a list of all the events you should not miss this Pride month 2019.
On your way to New York? You absolutely must visit Harlem with its dynamic churches and all-around richness that permeates through several domains: Music- with the blossoming of the jazz genre, its extraordinary musicians and legendary nightclubs; Architecture- with some 400 churches and fascinating streets with stretches of brightly colored residences; Street art- with large and spectacular wall murals; Soul food– an African-American culinary tradition to discover its famous fried chicken and unlimited buffet brunches…. And especially, nothing says Harlem like Gospel Music, the symbol of fight against slavery, with religious songs powerfully sung by remarkable choirs. Here are our best tips for attending a Gospel service in Harlem while discovering all the richness and beauty of a historic neighborhood, full of pride, emotion, and culture.
Welcome home to Harlem! Home- evocation of an immediate sense of peace and belonging; which is exactly the feeling you have when stepping foot here. As you likely know, Harlem is a comeback tale of the ages, which has resulted in a surge in visitors in recent years. This tale, coupled with all the exciting and meaningful adventures to be had, is the inspiration for this post. Now lets get right into What To Visit in Harlem!
In The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin described his Gospel experience in a church of Harlem:
The church was exciting. There is no music like that music, no drama like the drama of the saints rejoicing, the sinners moaning, the tambourines racing, and all those voices coming together and crying Holy unto the Lord – and their cries of “Amen!” and “Hallelujah!” and “Yes, Lord!” and “Praise his name!” and “Preach it brother!” all became equal, wringing wet, singing and dancing, in anguish and rejoicing, at the foot of the altar” (1936)
Gospel music is deeply moving, and erases all differences. We have all heard it, danced to it, sang along… Here are a few facts worth knowing about the history of Gospel in Harlem. Read more
New York City is a skyscrapers paradise. According to the Encyclopedia of New York City, there would be about 860,000 buildings in Gotham. Including some of the highest buildings in the world! One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the world’s sixth-tallest. The Empire State Building stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years after its completion and is still with 102 floors the third highest building in NYC; the famous 30 Rockefeller Plaza, home to Top of the Rock, only ranks 17th on the list of world’s tallest buildings.