Story of the Neighborhood . . .
Celebrating a rich cultural history dating back to the 1920s, Harlem is a vibrant neighborhood that continues to build upon its artistic and culturally diverse traditions. Poets from the 1930s Négritude movement, such as Léopold Sédar Senghor, praised this neighborhood’s vivacity as a celebration of black culture. During the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s, a new black cultural identity was formed through the arts in which writers, painters, photographers and scholars came together to express their ideas and voices in a new and dynamic way. Reverberating to the 1940s and Europe, the movement had a major impact and later acquired great recognition and influence during the Civil Rights movement. Harlem’s African American roots can be explored at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a premier research facility, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, one of the nation’s best contemporary art museums, which presents the visions of artists of the African diaspora. Today, Harlem offers some of New York’s most recognized dining establishments and of course, jazz clubs.