The Harlem Renaissance happened before the Great Depression, World War II, and many inventions; however, it is still celebrated and recognized today.

In the 1920s, Harlem was the epicenter of black culture in New York. Jazz music filled the streets like traffic, speakeasies and the like nightclubs gets the booze flowing and the dice rolling in the face of the ban, and entertainers including Calloway Cabin and Josephine Baker, pushed the fashion tendencies.

Publicity still portrait of Cab Calloway in a zoot suit in the musical ‘Stormy Weather’, 1943. (Photo by John Kisch Archive/Getty Images)
(Eingeschränkte Rechte für bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for certain editorial clients in Germany.) Baker, Josephine (*03.06.1906-12.04.1975+) , Taenzerin und Saengerin, USA / F, – in einem Bananen-Tanz in der Brick-Top-Bar, Paris (das erste Foto, das J.Baker in einem stilisierten Bananen Kostuem zeigt), – 1925, – Aufnahme: Murray Korman, New York (Photo by ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Today, Harlem has changed in many ways, including the demographics of its population, but those who live and work here carry on the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance,

“Harlem is a community like no other” Thelma GoldenDirector of the Studio Museum in HarlemTold Conde Nast Traveler last year, “It’s deeply united, and its people have continued to build and support cultural institutions, historic places of worship, the incredible culinary scene, and more.”

According to CNTraveler, the neighborhood’s food scene has also drawn many people to the area, including Marcus Samuelson. He opened red rooster in 2010 to celebrate and honor Harlem’s renaissance supper clubs while adding his international flair to the cuisine, rooted in his Ethiopian heritage and Swedish upbringing.

“I think as a black person growing up outside of America, I always had a great admiration for the idea of ​​a black mecca,” Samuelsson told The Traveler. “Harlem is and was this place. It was very ambitious for me.

Other signs of the Harlem Renaissance can be found in everything from Langston Hughes’ books to cotton club to the art of the painter, the writer, the sculptor of mixed media and the quilter Faith Ringgoldborn in the neighborhood in 1930 during the height of the Harlem Renaissance.

Although Harlem has faced gentrification which has led to thousands of its black residents leaving the neighborhood due to soaring rents, the young black professionals who are still in the neighborhood have allowed it to maintain its business acumen while many of the neighborhood’s cultural players Landmarks including the famed Apollo Theater ensure that the period and its impact on black culture to this day is not forgotten.

The neighborhood is also still a hotbed for black arts. It still houses the National Jazz Museum and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.