A historic walk through Harlem

Despite Harlem’s changing landscape, many iconic locations in the neighborhood remain, each with a significance to the area’s African American history.

There’s the home of Langston Hughes; the Renaissance Ballroom, once a center for Black culture; Caribbean-born Alexander Hamilton’s house, which he lived in for two years before being shot by Aaron Burr; Strivers’ Row where composer Eubie Blake and lyricist Noble Sissie lived; the Dunbar Apartments where African American heavyweights resided, including W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Roberson; the Lafayette Theater, which was the first theater in New York to desegregate back in 1912; as well as numerous other locations where major Black figures lived and worked.

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