If you were to transport yourself back in time to Harlem in the 1920s, and in particular, to the corner of Seventh Avenue between 137th and 138th Streets, you would find yourself in front of the The Renaissance Theater and Casino. The popularity of jazz joints made Harlem a destination during the 1920′s. Leading the way were the big three–The Cotton Club, located on the corner of 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue, the stunning Savoy Ballroom, which covered an entire city block on Lenox Avenue between 140th-141st Streets, and Connie’s Inn located on Seventh Avenue at 131st Street. But the only club open to African-Americans was The Renaissance Theater and Casino.
We’ve got an exciting batch of tours planned for this fall, with a great deal to explore in the great city of New York, including the escape routes for a former speakeasy, the epic Brooklyn Army Terminal, a vertical climb up the Cathedral of St John the Divine, a walking tour of the Tenderloin, New York City’s cradle of vice, and more dates for a tour of the Woolworth Building.
Discover the secrets of a former speakeasy on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, with access to mafia tunnel escape routes and artifacts, like one of two original safes that held enough money to buy the entire Lower East Side. The tour guide from the Museum of American Gangster will also give us a walkthrough of the museum that will conclude with a vintage cocktail at the bar of the theater 80 St. Marks, an area authentic to the original speakeasy.
Lilac Museum Steamship, image via Travsd
Welcome to September! Here are our top picks for events in New York City this week, including the launch of the Floating Library, a walking tour of Fordham Road in the Bronx, and unique events at Bizarre in Bushwick and Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn.
Relive your childhood with the Williamsburg Spelling Bee for adults at the always lovely Pete’s Candy Store, which looks like a train car inside.
Start off your week at MoMA and explore the works of Modern women artists who nurtured, expanded, and challenged the male-dominated field. Who Were the Modern Women Artists starts at 1:30 p.m. in The Michael Ovitz Family Painting and Sculpture Gallery.
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Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading at the HQ today!
My fashion world has been very exciting lately! Monday night, as you may know, was host to the Dîner en Blanc in Battery Park. This was my second year attending and it did not disappoint, but I’m planning to cover that in a future Art of Style post. Today I’m going to talk about what I saw the day before the Dîner en Blanc at this year’s Afropunk Festival.