Things To Do In Harlem - NYC Entertainment - Neighborhood

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Harlem has played a significant role in the history of New York City. The area is located Uptown between the East and Hudson Rivers with its northern border at 155th St. and a less clearly defined southern border near the lower 100’s. Harlem's history is rich in music, entertainment and culture and continues that influence in many ways today.

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Harlem has served as a Dutch military outpost in the 17th century, a farming village, revolutionary battlefield, an industrial suburb and a nerve center of African-American culture.

This area is home to over 400 churches and faith is a prominent part of the local heritage. Many of these are large, historic and even designated landmarks such as St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

During the 1920's’ and 1930’s a major burst of creativity, known as the “Harlem Renaissance,” played a major role in the worlds of music and entertainment. The Savoy Ballroom, Cotton Club and the Apollo were host to some of the greatest and most innovative musicians in history. Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday and a long list of others were all regular performers in these clubs, as well as many speakeasies that populated the area.

Popular Hip Hop stars including Tupac Shakur, Kurtis Blow and P. Diddy all sport Harlem roots. The popular dances Harlem Shake and Chicken Noodle Soup also originated here.

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Discover more about the long history between Jazz and Harlem

July 30th - August 26th is Harlem week! 

In addition to the venues already mentioned, the Museum of the City of New York, Morningside Park and the James Bailey House are located in this neighborhood. There's plenty of culturally rich events and things to do in Harlem!

Recently, Harlem has become known for several new popular upscale and casual dining destinations and the area has been experiencing some very positive additions to the local landscape. From bars to soul food, Harlem's dining experience stands in comparison to other parts of Manhattan.

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This community still celebrates the arts, culture and social legacy that earned Harlem a unique place in New York and American history and its role in the future.

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