Once an area steeped in African American culture, Harlem became synonymous with crime in the city during the middle of the 20th century. This has changed and Harlem is now one of the most vibrant districts on Manhattan Island. First time visitors to Harlem can pay homage to the past at the Apollo Theater. The Apollo opened in 1913 and is still going strong today. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Such greats as Count Basie and Duke Ellington played the Apollo. Tickets to weekly tapings of Showtime at the Apollo are available throughout the year.
The community is well known for its many unique styles of town homes and architecture. Sugar Hill and Striver’s Row are lined with brownstones and town homes from when the area was considered ‘outside the city’. Astor Row has homes like none other in New York. Set back off the street, each home on Astor Row has a front yard and a front porch, a touch of the old South, up North. Cultural centers, performing arts centers, and schools for the arts are steps from the many cheap hotels near Harlem in New York.
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