Harlem Wandering, Tuesday April 17, 2018
Board the 8.58am train from Darien or the 9.02 am train from Noroton. Get off at the Harlem/125 th St Station and remain on the platform where we will congregate before we head down to street level to begin our wandering. ( Do not head to Grand Central station).
No rain is presently forecast for Tuesday. Should this change, necessitating a postponement of our wandering, an email will go out Monday night/Tuesday morning.
Our wandering will cover the following areas:
–Mt Morris Park Historic Residential district, 120th St environs.
— A loop from 120th St to 140 th St, Between Lenox Ave and Frederick Douglas Blvd
–Libation stop at Corner Social on Lenox around 11am
–135 th St –the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s to the 1930s. This period saw a burst of creative energy in Black literature, art, dance and music (Jazz)
–Visiting Harlem Hospital’s Famous WPA murals, Cotton Club and site of Savoy Ballroom
–Abyssianian Baptist Church
–Townhouses on Strivers Row
— Bill’s Place where Billie Holliday was “discovered”
–Shriner’s Music Venue, hippest music spot in Harlem today
–Lafayette Theater where the first Shakespeare play with an all black cast was performed
Lunch around 1 pm at Sylvia’s “Queen of Soul Food” Restaurant at Lenox Ave Menu: http://sylviasrestaurant.com/menus/
Train back to Darien around 3 pm
Photo courtesy of Harvey Mogensen