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Harlem

Residents and visitors walk along 125th Street, a major commercial street in Harlem and home to the famous Apollo Theater.

A Rich Music History is Just One Part of This Bustling and Booming Neighborhood

It may be best known for iconic jazz, stirring soul and inspirational gospel performances, but in recent years, this Manhattan neighborhood has seen a renaissance with an influx of new residents who are helping revitalize the area.

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At a Glance

  • Battle cry: The Battle of Harlem Heights, on Sept. 16, 1776, was Washington's first victory during the Revolution.
  • Real estate: Sugar Hill got its nickname in the '20s, as an enclave for affluent African-Americans who could afford the "sweet life."
  • Starting point: The Apollo launched many careers including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor.

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About Harlem

A cultural and economic mecca for African-Americans during the 1920s and 1930s, Harlem retains much of the rich heritage that made it famous. Local institutions, churches and parks play an essential role in this historic neighborhood. Bustling 125th Street is its main retail corridor. The neighborhood's wide boulevards are home to a mishmash of stately and dilapidated apartment buildings, housing projects and local businesses. Many side streets are lined with brownstones and row houses. Comfort Read More [+]

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