A visit to New York would hardly be complete without visiting Harlem. It is often said to be very dangerous; but this seems to be more racism than anything else - black New Yorkers have better things to do than to rob white people! Best is to walk there, from the Upper East Side, Central Park or the Upper West Side. It is worth strolling in Harlem with the architectural guidebook AIA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY.
When in Harlem, don't miss strolling on 125th Street - "Downtown Harlem". And while there, check out the Apollo Theater, which since the 1930's has been THE place for black musicians to perform in America - Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington & Little Richard appeared here, as did the occasional white artist such as Buddy Holly. Also, on the streets of Harlem are many good eateries, including some with African cuisine. The "soul food" is nothing but Southern downhome cooking (in Dixie, everybody, black & white, eats this kind); but if you can't make it down South, then do try it - it's delectable!
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