Jem Realty Pays $22M For Alhambra Ballroom

2108-powell-blvdTimes Square-based investment firm Jem Realty Management bought a seven-story office building on Adam C. Powell Jr. Boulevard in central Harlem for $21.5 million from Fort Lee, N.J., developer Mitchell Mekel, according to property records filed with the city today.  Continue Reading →

The Apollo Goes Global

James-Brown.jpg&q=80&MaxW=640&imageversion=widescreen&maxh=360Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater may finally be realizing its potential. The storied music venue is transforming itself into a multidisciplinary performing-arts center with global reach that could rival such competitors as New York City Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Continue Reading →

Tribute to Poet Amiri Baraka at National Black Touring Circuit’s Black History Month

The_People_of_Clarendon_County_at_The_Congressional_Auditorium,_US_Capitol_Visitor_Center_-_20091021The National Black Touring Circuit’s 2014 Black History Month Play Festival will hold poetry, music and drama performances in Harlem that celebrate acclaimed poet Amiri Baraka, legendary singer Billie Holiday, the Great Divas of Gospel and Ossie Davis’ renowned play “The People of Clarendon County” from February 7 – March 2. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Earl ‘Snakehips’ Tucker (video)

Earl “Snakehips” Tucker (1905 – 1937) became known as the “Human Boa Constrictor” after the dance he popularized in Harlem in the 1920s called the “snakehips (Dance)“. Continue Reading →

133rd Street, Harlem, 1920′s (video)

Thirteen.org just took a trip to 133rd Street in Harlem for their City Concealed series, and below is their video on the early Jazz scene there. Continue Reading →

Apollo Holds Auditions for 2013 Amateur Night Season

Since the legendary Apollo Theater opened in 1934, its signature live show, Amateur Night, has been a definitive career-making opportunity for new talent. Continue Reading →

Congrats to the Apollo Theater for Winning a National Trust for Historic Preservation Award 2012

We congratulate the Apollo Theater announced today that it is one of 16 historic New York City locations that received a preservation grant as part of the Partners in Preservation competition… Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Sistas the Musical

By Walter Rutledge

A fun evening of music and the inspirational power of family was had by all at Sistas the Musical last Thursday. The musical is now running off-Broadway at the St. Luke Theatre (308 West 46th Street) on Thursday at 7 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Amateur Night Returns to the Apollo

By Walter Rutledge

The legendary Apollo Theater, located at 253 west 125th Street ,will begin a new season of its signature program, Amateur Night. Dubbed the world’s most famous and enduring amateur talent competition, Amateur Night returns to the Apollo stage on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7:30pm. Continue Reading →