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LOOKING BACK: Storefronts along along Frederick Douglass Boulevard feature scenes from the Harlem Renaissance, paying tribute to jazz and literary heroes, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Langston Hughes.

 

Blurb: This Christmas season, Harlem is standing out in its own way. Eight businesses along Frederick Douglass Boulevard, from 114th street to 122nd street, have holiday window displays depicting the essence of the Harlem Renaissance and showcase the community's rich culture.

The windows depict scenes from the era of enlightenment in Harlem, such as the prohibition period and a tribute to flappers, women in the Roaring Twenties who wore feathered hats and defied the rules of how women conducted themselves at the time.

 

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HARLEM — You don’t have to go downtown this year to see storefronts transformed into seasonal wonderlands.

A series of holiday window displays will light up Frederick Douglass Boulevard to add some holiday cheer for shoppers.

The displays will lead passersby through the history of the neighborhood’s most famous period of music, art, dance and literature — the Harlem Renaissance — from 114th to 122nd streets along the boulevard.

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Formerly named "Frawley Circle", the traffic circle was renamed "Duke Ellington Circle" in 1995. In 1997, a 25 feet (7.6 m) tall statue by sculptor Robert Graham, depicting the Muses — nine nude caryatids — supporting a grand piano and Duke Ellington on their heads was erected in the middle of the shallow amphitheater composing the circle. Though the circle diverts the flow of 110th street, Fifth Avenue maintains a direct route through the intersection.

 

“Swing Low is an important commemoration of Harriet Tubman’s fight against slavery, and is fast becoming an icon for the community,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin. “The Percent for Art program integrates artists into design planning for City spaces, and Alison Saar’s extraordinary sculpture on this site proves what is possible when contemporary art and smart civic architecture come together.”

 

This is the statue of abolitionist, statesman and orator, Frederick Douglass located at the northwest corner of Central Park in Harlem. The 8-foot bronze statue is surrounded by a fountain memorial that is emblazoned with quotations and located a traffic circle at the corner of 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard — known as the Gateway to Harlem.

This figure of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who represented Harlem in Congress from 1945 to 1970, strides dramatically up an incline in the forlornly windswept plaza that fronts the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem.

 

An historic institute for African-American dramatic arts, the National Black Theatre enriches the heart of Harlem. Located on the dividing line between East and West Harlem, NBT was founded in 1968 by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, thereby becoming the country's first revenue-generating black theater arts complex.

 

Jacob Restaurant, is the first Black owned and family operated, soul food and salad bar buffet, possessing a huge selection of 42 fresh Southern, Caribbean, and Continental cuisines, all prepared without Trans fats. 

 

Manhattan's newsstands present variations on a theme. Each reflects the personality and business acumen of its owner as well as the needs and tastes of its neighborhood. This newsstand on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and 135th Street in Harlem sports a well-worn office chair where its owner sits and chats with passers-by.

 

Harlem has long been the subject of African American cultural and political history, yet a comprehensive account of Harlem’s religious milieu (historical and contemporary) has yet to be developed. On this website you’ll find a growing document of the religious life of the Harlem neighborhood of New York—affectionately known as Harlem, USA.

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The major objective of the Harlem Tourism Board will be to create partnerships with tourism related businesses in Harlem and members of the New York City tourism industry to develop a mutually beneficial economic growth engine for one of the most famous urban communities in the world.