On Monday 20 November 2017, the Hills Balfour team were treated to a morning visit by two stars of the global sporting entertainment phenomenon the Harlem Globetrotters. Ahead of their World Tour, which heads to the UK in May 2018, two of the exhibition basketball team, Dizzy and Moose, popped by to the Hills Balfour offices and kindly posed for a photo with the NYC & Company UK team:-
(from left, Matt, Paul, Baiba, Emma and Ruth), which was perfectly timed given the Globies are performing at Madison Square Gardens in New York City a few days after this visit!
They are also an export of one of the city’s most vibrant and historical areas.
Harlem itself, based in the northern part of Manhattan in New York City, has been enjoying plenty of media attention recently due to a series of neighbourhood developments, but it is Harlem’s history which is still today arguably its unique selling point. In the early 20th century the neighbourhood was the setting for African-American led movements in music, literature, dance and art – collectively known as the Harlem Renaissance – that featured innovators like Bessie Smith, Langston Hughes and Josephine Barker.
Today, it is a neighbourhood which continues to evolve and recent additions of popular new attractions and high profile eateries maintains its position as one of New York City’s must-visit areas for tourists.
At the forefront of Harlem’s recent dining renaissance is celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, whose perennially packed Red Rooster Harlem serves an innovative menu of reinterpreted comfort-food classics. We are lucky enough in London to have a Red Rooster Harlem meets Shoreditch open here recently. Samuelsson also has soon-to-open Streetbird Rotisserie to join Harlem’s Restaurant Row on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, north of 110th Street, which includes Melba’s, featuring Southern classics, and Italian eateries Vinateria and Lido. Stalwart restaurants like Sylvia’s and Amy Ruth’s are also not to be missed.
As mentioned, Harlem’s music scene reigns as the heartbeat of the area and the crown jewel of that is the Apollo Theatre, which has provided big breaks to a long list of African-American performances since 1934. Amateur Night, taking place most Wednesdays, showcases a slate of new artists from all backgrounds looking to win over the capricious crowd. Those who are successful stand a decent chance of rising to acclaim.
But the neighbourhood features plenty of other historic venues, too. Minton’s, originally established in 1938, is the club that was the setting for a revolution in jazz, the place where some say bebop was born. Today it’s open as a jazz supper club with a house band of accomplished musicians, some of whom played at Minton’s in its previous incarnation.
There’s plenty more planned for the area too, with The Bronx Children’s Museum due to open in 2018 on the Bronx bank of the Harlem River, just south of Yankee Stadium. Plus the Hip Hop Museum has just been confirmed as coming to Harlem, one of the most exciting projects in the City at the moment and sure to ensure that the legacy of Harlem doesn’t disappear anytime soon.
For more information visit www.nycgo.com/harlem