A History of Gospel Music: Everything You Need to Know About Gospel in Harlem

A History of Gospel Music: Everything You Need to Know About Gospel 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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4 Awesome Reasons To Travel Through Harlem

4 Awesome Reasons To Travel Through Harlem

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!

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What To Do In New York During Pride Month 2019

What To Do In New York During Pride Month 2019

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.

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Staff Picks: Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

Staff Picks: Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

Having a drink on a rooftop is one of those experiences you absolutely must do during your stay in New York City! This city offers more than 100 rooftops scattered across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and even Long Island City. Classics, trendy, sophisticated, or cool, there’s something for everyone and for all types of occasions. To help you get better acquainted, we’ve prepared a list of the best rooftops in NYC, by neighborhood. All you’ll have to do is choose!

Before we get started, here’s a little advice:

– Access to most rooftops is often forbidden to those under 21 years of age (the legal drinking age in the USA). Certain rooftops, which open in the afternoon, however, may accept minors. Be sure to call first or check out their website so you’re not turned away at the door.

– As in every bar serving alcohol in New York, you will be asked to show an identity card at the entrance. Remember to bring yours.

– Certain rooftops are highly sought after. Avoid peak hours of operation during the weekend (8pm-10pm) if you don’t want to wait in line to get in.

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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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