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History Found in Upper Manhattan, NY

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The personal injury attorneys in Upper Manhattan, NY, at Banville Law have sponsored this article to bring you some detailed information about the area.

Upper Manhattan is considered the most northern region of Manhattan, hosting a population of approximately 560,785. Its southern boundary is loosely defined, but some of the most common usages are 96th Street, the northern edge of Central Park (110th Street), 125th Street, or 155th Street.

Upper Manhattan is generally understood to include the neighborhoods Marble Hill, Inwood, Washington Heights (including Fort George, Sherman Creek, and Hudson Heights), Harlem (including Sugar Hill, Hamilton Heights, and Manhattanville), East Harlem, and parts of the Upper West Side (Morningside Heights and Manhattan Valley).

Historic Sites in Upper Manhattan

New York City has so much to offer with numerous tourist attractions, fantastic restaurants, and stunning skyscrapers. However, it can be easy to get distracted by the blinding lights and forget about the history that lies within the city streets. The following sites are an essential part of Upper Manhattan’s history. Whether you have lived in New York City your whole life or are just visiting, these sites are a must-see.

Apollo Theater

The Apollo Theater is a non-profit multidisciplinary music hall located at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The Apollo opened in 1914 and has ever since played a significant role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, and soul music.

The neo-classical theatre was designed by George Keister and originally owned by Sidney Cohen. In 1914, Benjamin Hurtig and Harry Seamon obtained a thirty-year lease on the theater calling it Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater. During this time, African-Americans were not allowed to attend as patrons or to perform.

By 1933 Fiorello La Guardia, who later became New York City’s Mayor, began a campaign against burlesque. As a result, the theatre would become one of many theaters in the borough that would close down.

Along with partner Morris Sussman, Sidney Cohen reopened the building as the 125th Street Apollo Theatre in 1934. Cohen and Sussman changed the format of the shows and redirected their marketing strategy to the growing African-American community in Harlem.

Today, the Apollo Theater is a city landmark that centers its contributions to the performing arts by artists of the African diaspora in America and beyond.

General Grant National Memorial

Located at W 122nd St &, Riverside Dr, New York, 10027, the General Grant National Memorial, commonly known as Grant’s Tomb, is the resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia.

The building memorializes President Grant and testifies to a people’s gratitude for he who ended the bloodiest conflict in American history as Commanding General of the Union Army and strove to heal a nation after a civil war and make rights for all citizens a reality.

The site is visited by neighboring schools and offers Common-Core aligned lesson plans for teachers of middle school students.

Interestingly, the stunning classical domed mausoleum happens to be the largest in North America.

The Cloisters

The Cloisters, commonly known as The Met Cloisters, is a museum in Fort Tryon Park, a public park located in the Hudson Heights and Inwood neighborhoods. The Cloisters specializes in European medieval art and architecture, with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods.

The museum is governed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and hosts an extensive collection of medieval artworks shown in the architectural settings of French monasteries and abbeys.

The Cloisters’ name comes from its buildings that are centered around four cloisters: The Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem, Bonnefont, and Trie. All of which were acquired by American sculptor and art dealer George Grey Barnard in France before 1913. Barnard's collection was bought for the museum by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

The Cloisters remain open to the public and offer Upper Manhattan a look into world history.

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: May 4, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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