The 103-year-old Harlem institution has been the site of more than a few historic moments: Ella Fitzgerald’s first performance happened here in 1934; Live at the Apollo, recorded in 1962, practically launched James Brown into the mainstream; and a young Jimi Hendrix won an Amateur Night contest in 1964. Despite its storied history and grand decor, this living link to the Harlem Renaissance feels rather cozy inside. As of late, the theater has attracted big-name comedians (Aziz Ansari, Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan) and huge rock stars (Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen), while still welcoming under-the-radar talent to its famed Amateur Night.
It’s not all bright lights and LED screens: New York City is still home to plenty of historical attractions that link the city to its storied past. Our list of the city’s most significant landmarks includes plenty of beautiful NYC buildings, classic New York music venues and even a few NYC parks. Whether you’re brand new to the Big Apple or call this city home, you’ll learn something new about its history at each and every one of these places. It’s one of those things you can only do in NYC.
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