What to Do in Harlem, New York

Wed, 14 October 2015
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To Do

Convent Avenue

One of the most beautiful streets in Manhattan, Convent Avenue cuts through Hamilton Heights and West Harlem, providing a gorgeous afternoon walk unlike anything else in the city. It also happens be a cultural hotspot; along the walk you’ll pass the former homes of legends like Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Given the cinematic quality of this tree-lined street, it’s no surprise that Wes Anderson chose to film The Royal Tenenbaums here.

The Studio Museum

Founded in 1968 by a group of community activists, philanthropists and artists, this art centre showcases contemporary African American art as well as greats from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Romare Bearden and Chris Ofili. Featuring sculpture, painting, photography and multi-media art, The Studio seeks to champion creators of African descent and to help cultivate the careers of emerging artists through its artists-in-residence program. Admission is free on Sunday so we suggest stopping by after brunch at Red Rooster, which is right around the corner.

The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library

Up by the water on 155th Street sits The Hispanic Society of America, a semi-abandoned Beaux Arts building that offers a relatively small but incredibly impressive collection of Spanish art from Goya, El Greco and Velazquez, to name a few. Admission to the museum and library is free making this an all the more tempting way to spend your afternoon.

The Studio Museum

The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library

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