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.
The cultural lines between Harlem and the Upper East and West Sides of Manhattan are getting progressively blurred. While the face of Harlem is changing, the soul food and its fanatics only grow with every new restaurant. The world famous Apollo Theater, Amy Ruth’s, and Sylvia’s are all classic spots that have contributed to cultivating Harlem as we know it today. New mainstream businesses are opening alongside the mom & pop stores, while several upscale restaurants are taking up 8th Avenue in the southern part of Harlem. There’s no special way to narrow down the list of all the extremely interesting things to do and see in Harlem but here are the reasons why you want to check it out!
Escape the noisy and commercialized city center and head to the mellow Prospect Heights neighborhood, adjacent to the city’s renown green oasis, Prospect Park. Prospect Heights is primarily a residential community composed of brownstones and luxury condos, as the area is known to display the collision between history and modernity. Almost completely free of tourists, both Prospect Heights and Prospect Park will show you an entirely new sector of New York City in a refreshing manner, showcasing the best of dining and shopping as well as libraries, museums, and park spaces in the community. Read more
It is not enough to just know about the latest food craze or trendy restaurant. The real pursuit is in finding the hidden gems. We’re talking under-the-radar eateries where real New Yorkers go for delicious, unpretentious bites that always manage to hit the spot. How will you ever know where to go when New Yorkers like to keep their favorite places a secret so it doesn’t get lost in the other crowded joint in NYC? Here is our insider guide to good eats in the Big Apple.
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