History is not just the stuff you read about in books. In New York, it’s all around you, and when it comes to Black History Month, some of New York’s greatest landmarks are steeped in our history.
This month, the New York Land-marks Conservancy is encouraging New Yorkers to visit some of the sites it has helped preserve.
The Apollo Theater in Harlem is high on everyone’s list of Black culture monuments, but when was the last time you visited the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg) just a few blocks north? It’s the world’s leading center for the preservation of Black history and has weekly events that explore all facets of our rich culture.
The Ivey Delph Apartments, located at 17-19 Hamilton Terrace in Hamilton Heights, may not ring a bell, but the structure was designed by Vertner Woodson Tandy, New York State’s first licensed Black architect.
The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Black New York is about much more than Harlem, and a visit to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, is a great way to learn about one of the Jazz Age’s greatest innovators (http://www.louisarmstronghouse.org).
On display through the end of the month is a unique collection of items from Gosta Hgglof, who spent much of his life promoting Armstrong’s music and legacy.
Brooklyn is our most populous borough and the home of the Weeksville Heritage Center (www.weeksvilleso- ciety.org), which is dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of New York’s pre-Civil War Black communities.
Offering rotating exhibitions as well as cultural programming, the Weeksville Heritage Center is one of those hidden gems of New York you may go your whole life without visiting if you aren’t careful!
While you’re visiting some of these landmarks, bring your digital camera and take some photos, as the New York Landmarks Conservancy is asking New Yorkers to submit their images to email@example.com, with the subject line “Celebrating Black History.” A lucky few will have their photographs posted on the conservancy’s Facebook page.