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The Harlem Renaissance

From roughly 1919 to 1935, the literary and artistic movement now known as the Harlem Renaissance produced an outpouring of celebrated works by Black artists and writers. Relatively recent scholarship... Learn More

HISTORIC SITES

580 St. Nicholas Avenue

Ethel Waters Residence

Legendary Black performer Ethel Waters lived in this apartment building from at least 1925 to 1927, when she was well... Learn More

Residences
HISTORIC SITES

2144 Fifth Avenue

Gumby Book Studio

Between 1926 and 1931, openly gay Alexander Gumby operated the Gumby Book Studio, one of the preeminent literary and artistic... Learn More

Stores & Businesses
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103-105 West 135th Street

135th Street Branch, New York Public Library

During the Harlem Renaissance, the New York Public Library’s 135th Street Branch served as an intellectual and artistic center for... Learn More

Cultural & Educational Institutions
HISTORIC SITES

104 West 136th Street

Countee Cullen Branch, New York Public Library

Renamed for the noted gay poet Countee Cullen in 1951, this library was the first in the New York Public... Learn More

Cultural & Educational Institutions
HISTORIC SITES

Kingsborough Houses

Richmond Barthé & Green Pastures: The Walls of Jericho

Sculptor Richmond Barthé created this 8-foot by 80-foot frieze Exodus and Dance (completed in 1939) for the Harlem River Houses, which was... Learn More

Public Spaces
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695 Lenox Avenue

Hotel Olga

For about 25 years, beginning in 1920, countless African-American travelers stayed at the renowned Hotel Olga in Harlem. In the... Learn More

Residences
HISTORIC SITES

21 West 111th Street

Alain L. Locke Magnet School for Environmental Stewardship

Many New York City public schools are named in honor of prominent figures in American and world history. Alain L.... Learn More

Cultural & Educational Institutions