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St. Nicholas Houses

Langston Hughes Playground

Many New York City public parks and playgrounds are named in honor of prominent figures in New York City and... Learn More

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20 East 127th Street

Langston Hughes Residence

Langston Hughes, celebrated poet and leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, lived on the top floor of this Harlem rowhouse... Learn More

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9301 Avenue B

Langston Hughes Public School 233

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

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203-02 109th Avenue

Langston Hughes Public School 134

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

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1871 Walton Avenue

Langston Hughes Public School 236

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

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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

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St. Nicholas Park

Hamilton Grange

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton lived in this house – which was built for him and his family in 1802 – until his... Learn More

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150 West 55th Street

Carl Van Vechten Residence

This apartment building was the home of influential cultural arbiter Carl Van Vechten beginning in 1924. Van Vechten is especially... Learn More

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481 Eighth Avenue

Magnus Hirschfeld at the Hotel New Yorker

Considered one of the first, great pioneers of LGBT rights in the early 20th century, German-Jewish physician and sexologist, Magnus... Learn More

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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

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180 West 135th Street

Harlem YMCA

The 135th Street Branch of the YMCA (now the Harlem YMCA) and the original West 135th Street Branch across the... Learn More

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238-244 West 44th Street

Helen Hayes Theater (originally Little Theater)

Opened as the Little Theater in 1912, this venue, the smallest house on Broadway, has staged multiple productions involving major... Learn More

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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

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243-251 West 47th Street

Ethel Barrymore Theater

Opened in 1928, the Ethel Barrymore Theater has staged multiple productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Noel Coward,... Learn More

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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

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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

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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

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337 Bleecker Street

Lorraine Hansberry Residence

From 1953 to 1960, playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry resided in the third-floor apartment of this building. While here, Hansberry... Learn More

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515 Malcolm X Boulevard

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture houses one of the country’s most significant collections of African American history... Learn More

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215-223 West 49th Street

Ambassador Theater

Opened in 1921, the Ambassador Theater has staged multiple productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Mulatto by Langston Hughes and Bring... Learn More

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