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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


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

Organization & Community Spaces

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

Stores & Businesses

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

Cultural & Educational Institutions

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

Public Spaces

114 West 116th Street

Jimmie Daniels

From 1939 to 1942, the internationally popular African American cabaret singer Jimmie Daniels owned and operated his eponymous Harlem supper... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants