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North Harlem via 145th Street

From Hotel Olga to Sugar Hill

  • 2 hours
  • 375 US dollars
  • Various meeting sites TBA

Service Description

When the Lenox Avenue Bridge opened in 1905, early 20th-c. planners foresaw 145th Street as "one of the most important business streets of Upper Manhattan." Connecting Harlem to The Bronx redoubled the thoroughfare's identity as a hub of public transit, destination for sports and social life, and benchmark of Harlem's expansion as the capital of Black America. Join Columbia University Community Scholar Eric K. Washington to explore sites including the Budapest-inspired "underground" trolley system; Hotel Olga, the Harlem Renaissance era's preeminent luxury hotel for African-Americans (where renowned cornetist Louis Armstrong kept a suite in the 1930s); Lenox Oval, home base of the Lincoln Stars Negro League baseball team; the Odeon Theatre; Jackie Robinson Park, the Dunbar Apartments and more.


Contact Details

erikeith@aol.com

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