With its rich cultural history and many landmark buildings, Harlem is not just one of New York's most distinctive neighborhoods; it's also one of the most walkable.
This illustrated guide takes readers on five separate walking tours of Harlem, covering ninety-one different historical sites. Alongside major tourist destinations like the Apollo Theater and the Abyssinian Baptist Church, longtime Harlem resident Karen Taborn includes little-known local secrets like Jazz Age speakeasies, literati, political and arts community locales. Drawing from rare historical archives, she also provides plenty of interesting background information on each location.
This guide was designed with the needs of walkers in mind. Each tour consists of eight to twenty-nine nearby sites, and at the start of each section, readers will find detailed maps of the tour sites, as well as an estimated time for each walk. In case individuals would like to take a more leisurely tour, it provides recommendations for restaurants and cafes where they can stop along the way.
Walking Harlem gives readers all the tools they need to thoroughly explore over a century's worth of this vital neighborhood's cultural, political, religious, and artistic heritage. With its informative text and nearly seventy stunning photographs, this is the most comprehensive, engaging, and educational walking tour guidebook on one of New York's historic neighborhoods.
Karen Taborn has been a Harlem resident for over thirty years; she has taught Harlem history at the New School and has served as a historical consultant for the 135th Street Harlem Walk of Fame. With graduate degrees in jazz and ethnomusicology, she has published articles in The Grove Dictionary of American Music and the journal Black Grooves.
About This Book Introduction Part I: Tours Tour 1 Central Harlem: North Tour 2 Central Harlem: Middle Tour 3 Central Harlem: South Tour 4 West Harlem: North Tour 5 West Harlem, Washington Heights: Far North Part II: Harlem: People, Places, and Movements Civil Rights, Social Justice Movements, and Overcoming the Odds The 1930s Harlem Arts Movement The New Negro Movement and "Niggerati Manor" Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association Vaudeville Theater and Minstrelsy The Development of Bebop (Jazz) in Harlem Speakeasies, Small Clubs, Jungle Alley, and Stride Piano Players James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison Malcolm X Sugar Hill Acknowledgments Notes Index