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Harlem, New York City - A Tour
Plan a great day in Harlem
Harlem, a neighborhood at the northern end of Manhattan, New York, has a rich cultural history. Throughout the years, it's undergone many changes and is currently enjoying what is known as the "Harlem Renaissance".
A little background information, for those of you not familiar with New York City. It is comprised of 5 boroughs: The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Often when people refer to "New York City" what they are really referring to is "Manhattan". Manhattan is where most of the theaters, stores and skyscrapers are and where this super interesting neighborhood is located.
A Map of the Northern End of Manhattan With Harlem Outlined - Can You Find The Apollo Theater and Sylvia's Restaurant On The Map?
Harlem lies just across the Harlem River, south of The Bronx.
It extends from the Hudson River on the west side to the Harlem River on the east side.
Our Apollo Theater Tour - Famous Autographs
Our guide for the Apollo theater tour was Billy Mitchell (Mr. Apollo). He is a performer, an emcee and very funny. The tour came alive with his anecdotes about his up close and personal experiences with the great entertainers who played the Apollo .
The history of the Apollo is fascinating, built in 1914, it was a "Whites Only" theater when Harlem was a Dutch community.
You must go just to view the backstage autograph wall which contains signatures from hundreds of stars and notables, including: Beyonce, JayZ, Bono, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, and Barack Obama.
Can You Identify The Famous Faces?
How many famous faces can you identify?
A super interesting place to visit
Have you ever visited Harlem?
Want Additional Information? - Here Are Some Great Links
- Apollo Theater
Learn more about the Apollo as well as upcoming shows.
Lunchtime.............. on to famous Sylvia's Restaurant
Sylvia's Restaurant - Mouthwatering Soul Food
Sylvia's Restaurant located on Lenox Avenue in Manhattan, offers a wide variety of soul food.
We were served family style as we were part of a bus tour . We had: fried chicken, fried catfish, ribs, collard greens, potato salad, rice and banana pudding cake for dessert. Everything was delicious.
There are comfortable indoor dining rooms adorned with autographed photos of the famous people who have eaten there.
Sadly the founder of Sylvia's Restaurant, Sylvia Woods, just passed away in 2012. Sylvia's Restaurant lives on and is celebrating it's 50th year of operation.
Our trip was a bus tour coordinated by New London Adult Education.
Everything was excellent.
Anyone may take one of their trips -- check the New London Adult Education website
Harlem - Our Tour by Ellen Gregory is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
© 2012 Ellen Gregory