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Apollo Theater

Few other places in the world get as much credit for creating and nurturing American music genres as does this famous theater.

For over a century, the Apollo Theater has been the soul of American culture and the heart of American music genres, from jazz to soul to pop to rap. Attend a concert at this historic theater, both a cultural icon and a historic city landmark.

Reflect on the Apollo’s history, as interesting as its modern performances. The Apollo opened in 1914 as Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, which like most theaters of the time, prohibited black performers or guests. Reopening as the 125th Street Apollo Theatre in 1934, the auditorium began marketing to African-American audiences and initiated a popular Amateur Night. Early winners included Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey.

Over the years, the theater welcomed many emerging and established artists, with Sarah Vaughn and Ruth Brown in the ‘40s, Dionne Warwick and James Brown in the ‘50s, Gladys Knight and Jimi Hendrix in the ‘60s, Aretha Franklin and B.B. King in the ‘70s, Diana Ross in the ‘80s and Prince in the ‘90s. Showtime at the Apollo presented rising talents to television audiences. Attend an Amateur Night performance today to help initiate the career of the next rising star in the music world. Audience members select winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as a child star of tomorrow.

The theater hosts not only amateur singers, but also professional performers. Laugh over drinks at the Apollo Comedy Club. Dance groups such as Ballet Hispanico make regular stops. The Classical Theatre of Harlem has presented a holiday favorite The First Noel. Lectures, panel discussions and even election debates come to this famous stage.

Find the current schedule of events on the theater’s website. If you have talent, audition for a spot to compete on the stage. Amateur Night is every Wednesday and the Comedy Club occurs monthly. Purchase tickets online to be sure to get a seat. Stop at the gift shop for souvenir clothing and other items.

The subway and Metro North Railroad have stops within several blocks of the theater. Come to Harlem to see a performance at the Apollo Theater, truly a night to remember.

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2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Harlem, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Apollo Theater and Columbia University. Central Park and Mount Sinai Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km). 125 St. Station (St Nicholas Av.) is only a 3-minute walk and 116 St. Station (Frederick Douglass Blvd.) is 8 minutes.

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    Northern Lights Mansion

    210 West 122nd Street, New York, NY
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Harlem, this bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Central Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bloomingdale's and Floating Pool. Times Square and Broadway are also within 9 mi (15 km). 125 St. Station (St Nicholas Av.) is 6 minutes by foot and 125 St. Station (Malcolm X Blvd.) is 7 minutes.

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        Located in Harlem, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Apollo Theater, Columbia University, and Central Park. Yankee Stadium and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). 125 St. Station (St Nicholas Av.) is only a 5-minute walk and 125 St. Station (Malcolm X Blvd.) is 7 minutes.

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          Located in Harlem, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Apollo Theater, Columbia University, and Central Park. Yankee Stadium and Mount Sinai Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km). 125 St. Station (Malcolm X Blvd.) is only a 5-minute walk and 125 St. Station (St Nicholas Av.) is 7 minutes.

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          Central Harlem Townhouse 3 BED APT Near ALL 125th

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            Located in Harlem, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Apollo Theater, Columbia University, and Central Park. Yankee Stadium and Mount Sinai Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km). 125 St. Station (Malcolm X Blvd.) is only a 4-minute walk and 125 St. Station (St Nicholas Av.) is 8 minutes.

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              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Harlem, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Apollo Theater and Columbia University. Central Park and Yankee Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km). 125 St. Station (St Nicholas Av.) is only a 4-minute walk and 135 St. Station (St. Nicholas Av.) is 9 minutes.

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                Located in Harlem, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Apollo Theater, Central Park, and Columbia University. Yankee Stadium and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). 125 St. Station (Malcolm X Blvd.) is only a 4-minute walk and 125 St. Station (St Nicholas Av.) is 8 minutes.

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                  Located in Harlem, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Apollo Theater and Columbia University. Central Park and Mount Sinai Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km). 125 St. Station (St Nicholas Av.) is 7 minutes by foot and 125 St. Station (Malcolm X Blvd.) is 8 minutes.