Lets take it back to 1919, the kick off of one of the largest social experiments in America. The Volstead act was passed by Congress, otherwise recognized as the National Prohibition Act. This law forbade all production, buying, selling and transportation of any form of alcohol with few exceptions (religious purposes and medical aid) for the next 13 years in America. This lead to the creation of Speakeasies, hidden establishments used to illegally buy and sell alcohol- hush-hush bars. A password was needed upon entry, and often times you entered an underground establishment or a typical store. After five years, it was estimated that there was up to 100,000 speakeasies in New York. The effect of the Prohibition created a new culture among New York City that still lives on today. Check out our top (secret) Speakeasy bars throughout New York City, where you will travel back in time with a creative bespoke cocktail.
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!
New York City is the birthplace and home to countless celebrities. You cannot deny that you often question where they actually reside. People-watching is a great way to pass the time. Who knows, maybe you’ll spot Leonardo DiCaprio or Robert de Niro. Did you know that Alicia Keys spent her childhood in Hell’s Kitchen? Or that Jay Z and Beyonce had a condo in TriBeCa? Believe it or not, these famous icons lived in Harlem!
Let us go back in time to look at the storied past and transformation of our beloved neighborhood of Harlem. 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 Mahattan. Read on to explore the riveting evolution of the Harlem neighborhood through the Harlem Renaissance.
To celebrate Black History Month, we are sharing some of our favorite old school pictures of Harlem. Look at how cool and well-dressed people were back then!
Want to know more about Harlem? Join our best-selling Harlem Gospel Tours and Soul Food & Jazz Tours to see and learn everything about Harlem: its storied past as the mecca for African-American artists and writers, its struggles in the 60’s and 70’s, and its ongoing Renaissance. You’ll witness how the neighborhood is now booming with trendy bars, cafes, and jazz clubs, renowned restaurants (Soul Food!), exciting art and culture. There is a lot of things to do in Harlem, maybe even more than you would expect! So take the opportunity to check out the tour and get some insider’s tips from your guide, so you can make your next Harlem visit even more interesting. And if you need more reasons to visit Harlem, check our previous blog post: 4 awesome reasons to travel through Harlem.
Now let’s enjoy these beautiful pictures of Harlem from the 20th Century! Read more