6 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month
If you are a tried-and-true New Yorker you have probably been to all the fashionable spots in the city, even a few of the not-so fashionable ones or downright awful ones that only a tourist would find interesting. Well, maybe it’s time to explore some different parts of the city and learn something about a different culture to boot. February is Black History Month and is a great time to introduce kids to some of the great African American culture in the city. If you are wondering where to go and what to do, don’t worry, we have got you covered.
Let’s go for a walk
Free Harlem Tour by Free Tours by Foot – Three times a week, Free Tours by Foot offers a free, yes free, tour of Harlem. Stops include famed Harlem landmarks like the Absynninian Church, Lennox Lounge and the Apollo Theater. They also make a stop at the world famous Sylvia’s Restaurant where you can stop in and get something to eat. Macaroni and cheese or smothered chicken anyone?
Online: Free Tours by Foot
Cost: Free, gratuity not required but expected
NYC Slavery and the Underground Railroad Tour: Freedom Trail by Inside Out Tours - If your kid is learning about the Underground Railroad in school, this might be a cool tour to take. Learn about some of the men and women who started the Underground Railroad in Brooklyn and Manhattan and visit some of the former sites. You will also get to hear some of the stories of the New Yorkers who were involved in helping the slaves, as well as some of the stories of escape. This is definitely information that you won’t find in a regular textbook.
Online: Inside Out Tours
Find some good eats
Amy Ruth’s – It is worth a trip up to Harlem to get your hands, and your mouths, on some of Amy Ruth’s food. Dig into dishes such as The Reverend Al Sharpton – chicken and waffles, The Nate Robinson – barbeque pork spareribs, or The Ruby Dee – fried or baked catfish. Wash it all down with a sweet tea or Kool-Aid of the Day. Make sure to leave room for Banana Pudding, Peach Cobbler or Sweet Potato Pie for dessert.
111 West 116th Street
New York, NY
Red Rooster Harlem – If you are looking to get a little fancier, and part with more cash, Red Rooster by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson is the place to visit. The food at Red Rooster is soul food redefined. If you like your soul food old school and traditional, then this isn’t the place for you. Try dishes such as Fried Yard Bird, Fish & Grits and Mac & Greens. The Caribbean Bacon and Egg starter is to die for and the corn bread is in a class of its own. Stop in for lunch or dinner during the week or brunch on the weekends.
Online: Red Rooster Harlem
310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th street)
New York, Ny
Sit back, relax and enjoy the show
Brooklyn Academy of Music(BAM) – At BAM, you can pick your poison, so to speak, whether it be dance, music or theater. Multi-art and multi cultural shows are what they specialize in. Take in shows such as Charlotte Blake Alston – traditional African music and tales, Poetry 2013: Game Changers – spoken word poetry and Dance Africa – performance, art and film from Africa.
Online: Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue
Motown: The Musical – Coming soon to a Broadway theater near you, Motown: The Musical. The show will chronicle the rise of Berry Gordy and Motown. Kids will learn about iconic Motown singers such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Watch out, toe-tapping, singing and dancing in the aisles might ensue.
Online: Motown: The Musical
205 West 46th Street
Where will you celebrate Black History Month? Any insider tips to share with our readers?