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580 St. Nicholas Avenue

Ethel Waters Residence

Legendary Black performer Ethel Waters lived in this apartment building from at least 1925 to 1927, when she was well... Learn More

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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

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253 West 125th Street

Apollo Theater

During the Apollo Theater’s heyday as a showcase for Black performers from the 1930s into the 1970s, nearly every important... Learn More

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1634 Broadway

Winter Garden Theater

Opened in 1911, the Winter Garden Theater has staged multiple productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Vincente Minnelli,... Learn More

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150 West 55th Street

Carl Van Vechten Residence

This apartment building was the home of influential cultural arbiter Carl Van Vechten beginning in 1924. Van Vechten is especially... Learn More

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Signs639 East 169th Street

Mabel Hampton Residence

Mabel Hampton was an African-American performer during the Harlem Renaissance and, in the 1970s and ‘80s, a key member of... Learn More

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239-247 West 45th Street

Music Box Theater

Opened in 1920, the Music Box Theater has staged multiple productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Ethel Waters,... Learn More

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302-314 West 45th Street

Al Hirschfeld Theater (originally Martin Beck Theater)

Opened as the Martin Beck Theater in 1924, this venue has staged multiple productions involving major LGBT performers and creators,... Learn More

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215-223 West 49th Street

Ambassador Theater

Opened in 1921, the Ambassador Theater has staged multiple productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Mulatto by Langston Hughes and Bring... Learn More

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208 West 41st Street

Nederlander Theater (originally National Theater)

Opened as the National Theater in 1921 and renamed the Billy Rose Theater in 1959 and the Nederlander Theater in... Learn More

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245-257 West 44th Street

Majestic Theater

Opened in 1927, the Majestic Theater has staged multiple productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Mary Martin, Adrian,... Learn More

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221-233 West 44th Street

Shubert Theater

Opened in 1913, the Shubert Theater has staged multiple productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Cole Porter, Michael... Learn More

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242-250 West 45th Street

Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (originally Royale Theater)

During this venue’s time as the Royale Theater (opened in 1927), the John Golden Theater (renamed in 1934), and then... Learn More

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1564-1566 Broadway

Palace Theater (interior)

Opened in 1913 for vaudeville, and reopened as a legitimate theater in 1966, the Palace Theater has staged multiple productions... Learn More

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1697-1699 Broadway

Ed Sullivan Theater (originally Hammerstein’s Theater)

Opened as Hammerstein’s Theater in 1927, this venue’s first production, Golden Dawn (1927-28), featured a young Archie Leach, who would later change... Learn More

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133 West 138th Street

Alberta Hunter Residence

From 1927 to at least 1945, the closeted blues singer Alberta Hunter owned an apartment in this Harlem building. During... Learn More

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320 Manhattan Avenue

Georgette Harvey & Musa Williams Residence

From 1935 until sometime between 1940 and 1942, the Black lesbian couple Georgette Harvey and Musa Williams lived at the... Learn More

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