Weekends By Ky: Harlem

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Harlem. Harlem is so rich with history and I knew my boyfriend’s neighborhood was in the heart of it. I googled “Things to Do in Harlem” and discovered that Harlem was founded by the Dutch, hence it’s name, which is also a municipality in The Netherlands, (Haarlem). Harlem is also the birthplace of the Renaissance, which was historically important for African Americans in America. A time of rebirth for our people to be great, artistically and professionally; many of the great black minds in history resided in Harlem. Fortunately for me, I was in the midst of it all. I decided to take Chase, the dog, for a walk around the neighborhood. We started at the Schomburg and walked up the block to Strivers Row. I could just imagine all those aristocratic blacks doing great things in an adverse America. I saw a sign that said “Private Road-Walk Your Horses” I literally stepped back into time and it felt as if I discovered unforeseen treasures. Did Harlem natives notice how historically rich their neighborhood was? I plan on exploring more of Harlem’s rich history in the near future.

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