FALL ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOUR: HARLEM

Welcome to Harlem

When you first think of this neighborhood, what comes to mind? It’s probably the music scene,
Black culture, African American heritage, and soul food to start. The neighborhood is well-
known as the namesake for the Harlem Renaissance, the intellectual and artistic movement of
the 1920s that gave us Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and Josephine Baker, among others.
It set Harlem as the cultural hub of the Black community that has continued for a century.

We hope you enjoy this walk around Harlem, experiencing the sites and sounds that have long
attracted members of the Black community and the beautiful buildings in which they have lived.

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1. Royal Tenenbaums Mansion 9. Champagne Stop at The Brownstone Woman
2. Strivers Row 10. Apollo Theater
3. Abyssinian Baptist Church 11. Hotel Theresa
4. Harlem YMCA 12. Greater Refuge Temple
5. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church 13. Champagne Stop at Harlem Haberdashery
6. Astor Row 14. Marcus Garvey Park
7. Home of Langston Hughes 15. Champagne Stop at NiLu
8. Home of Neil Patrick Harris 16. Lunch at Cassava House

 




1.Royal Tenenbaums Mansion

339 Convent Ave
At 144th Street
Filmmaker Wes Anderson tapped this historic mansion for his cult-classic,  “The Royal Tenenbaums.”

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2. Strivers Row

138th Street to 139th Street
From Frederick Douglass Boulevard to Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
This collection of row houses is a gem of New York architectural history.

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3. Abyssinian Baptist Church

132 West 138th St
Between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd & Lenox Ave/Malcolm X Blvd
The Collegiate Gothic Church was an important site for music during the Harlem Renaissance.

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4. Harlem YMCA

180 West 135th Street
Between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd & Lenox Ave/Malcolm X Blvd
Luminaries including MLK, Richard Wright, and Sugar Ray Robinson all passed through these doors.

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5. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

204 West 134th Street
Between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd & Frederick Douglas Blvd
This neo-Gothic church was built by the first registered African American architect in New York State.

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6. Astor Row

West 130th and Fifth
Between Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Ave & 5th Avenue
These 19th-century row houses were renovated by innovative Black architect Roberta Washington.

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7. Home of Langston Hughes

20 East 127th Street
Between 5th & Madison Avenue
The Italianate brownstone housed the famous writer, Langston Hughes, for the second half of his life.

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8. Home of Neil Patrick Harris

2036 Fifth Ave
Between 125th & 126th Street
Actor Neil Patrick Harris meticulously renovated this historic home for his own family

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9. Champagne Stop at The Brownstone Woman

24 East 125th Street
At Madison Avenue
Specialty Harlem-themed cocktail for NYJL tour attendees.

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10. Apollo Theater

253 West 125th St
Between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd & Frederick Douglas Blvd
A hub of African American performances of all types, the Apollo Theater still hosts musical acts.

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11. Hotel Theresa

2082-96 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
At West 124th Street
The “Waldorf of Harlem” welcomed guests of all races, long before other hotels in the city.

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12. Greater Refuge Temple

2081 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
At W1 124th Street
The 1960s reimagined the arches of traditional church architecture for this religious institution.

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13. Champagne Stop at Harlem Haberdashery

245 Malcolm X Blvd
At West 122nd Street
10% off purchases <$150, 15% off purchases > $150 for NYJL tour attendees

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14. Marcus Garvey Park

6316 Mt Morris Park W
At West 122nd Street
Respite among the concrete can be found in this 20-acre park named for the Black activist.

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15. Champagne Stop at NiLu

191 Malcolm X Blvd
Between 119th Street & 120th Street

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16. Lunch at Cassava House

2270 1st Avenue
Between 116 & 117th Street
Free coffee with every purchase for NYJL tour attendees (pls show map or NYJL Tour webpage on phone)

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