Updated: Aug 15
By Sandy Wilson, EVP and Managing Director of Sales for BHS Harlem and Riverdale
The Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem has had an indelible impact on American history and culture, fostering some of the most influential creative movements in music, art, and more. Now in its 48th Year, Harlem Week has grown into a citywide festival that brings together some of the best musicians, artists, and talent that New York has seen, in addition to providing a platform for local businesses, schools, and organizations.
This year's vibrant calendar of events includes everything from jazz concerts to dance parties and career festivals. Here are a few highlights.
August 17: Imagenation Outdoor Film Festival
Located at Marcus Garvey Park, witness a music and film tribute to legendary activist Marcus Garvey.
The film shown will be “African Redemption: The Life & Legacy of Marcus Garvey.”
August 17: Amateur Night at the Apollo
Having launched the careers of legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Lauren Hill, and H.E.R., the Apollo Theater is easily one of, if not the most, iconic venues in Harlem. This special edition of Amateur Night will uphold the theater's tradition of showcasing the talents of students from around the country, some of whom will walk way with scholarship prizes.
August 18: Arts and Culture Broadway Summit
The summit brings together prominent members of the theatre community, such as "Thoughts of a Colored Man" producer Brian Moreland and Second Stage Executive Producer Khady Kamara, for a discussion regarding the importance of building a culture of diversity on Broadway.
August 20: The Alex Trebek Children’s Spelling Bee
Visit the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to see a children's spelling bee competition in memory of the late "Jeopardy" host. Children from Harlem schools in grades first through fifth will compete for the grand prize.
To commemorate Harlem Week, our BHS Harlem agents and executives took time to reflect on the community and share their favorite aspects of the neighborhood. Our Harlem agents and executives reflect on the vibrant community of Harlem and share their favorite aspects of the beloved Manhattan neighborhood. From its architecture and cuisine to the neighborhood's family-friendly nature, their reflections illustrate all that makes Harlem an outstanding place to live and visit.
Sandy Wilson is both the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Sales for Brown Harris Stevens' Harlem and Riverdale offices.