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Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel

Two Times Square, 714 Seventh Avenue at W. 48th Street  New York  New York  10036  USA 

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Harlem

Historical Neighborhood
  • West 125th Street 
  • New York,  NY  10027
  • Phone: +1 212 532 4900 (Tou
  • Neighborhood: Harlem
  • Category: Attractions & Landmarks

Description

First settled in 1637, this neighborhood that stretches from river to river above 125th Street has a long and rich history. Named by the Dutch after its namesake region in the Netherlands, they initially settled in the 17th Century. Jewish immigrants arrived in the 19th Century, and thereafter, a wave of African Americans from the south arrived in the 1920s. During the prohibition era, Harlem developed a well-deserved reputation for good music, good food and great literature. Harlem's black writers like James Baldwin, W.E.B DuBois and many other artists spearheaded the cultural Harlem Renaissance and influenced matters throughout the U.S. After more demographic shifts in recent decades, the neighborhood continues to change and develop, both economically and culturally, and it deserves a few days just to explore its storied streets.

    Events

  • East Harlem International Film Festival >>
  • 2014-10-01
  • 2014-10-31
  • The East Harlem International Film Festival showcases documentary, feature- and short-length films from around the world -  from Russia and the Caribbean, to right here at home.
  • Harlem History Walking Tour >>
  • 2014-07-14
  • 2014-07-14
  • See where jazz came of age, where Orson Welles directed the first all-black production of "Macbeth", where President Barack Obama comes to eat whenever he's in town and more on this Harlem history walking tour. Whether you're a native New Yorker or just visiting, there's plenty of interesting stuff to discover about this area, one of the country's most historic and important neighborhoods. The two-hour walking tour covers most everything, from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s -- when African-American activists, poets, writers and musical icons like Duke Ellington and Count Basie called these blocks home -- to the area's recent association with former President Bill Clinton.
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