Harriet Tubman Memorial - Harlem Monuments

5 Harlem Monuments You Should Not Miss

From the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s, through the civil rights movements in the 60’s, and until today with its ongoing renaissance, Harlem has always played a pivotal role in African American history. While visiting Harlem, you’ll come across a number of Harlem monuments honoring prominent African American figures. Here is our list of 5 Harlem monuments you should not miss and the inspiring destinies of the figures they are representing.

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Harlem housefronts then and now

10 Incredible Then-And-Now Photos of Harlem

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 neighborhood through a collection of then-and-now photos of Harlem.

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Harlem Black History Month

7 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in New York

One of the best things to do in February in New York is to celebrate Black History Month! Our city has been a major platform for African American culture ever since the golden era of the Harlem Renaissance in the 20’s, with the blooming of legendary African American writers and artists. Nowadays, Harlem is still nicknamed the ‘Capital of Black America’ and New York remains one of the most exciting cities in the US to take part in Black History Month celebrations. Here is our selection of the best events and activities to honor African American culture and history.

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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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Harlem Gospel Choir singing

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gospel 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.

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