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Crack is Wack Playground 1986

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Keith Haring (1958-1990) painted this fanciful mural in 1986. Comprised of Haring’s signature kinetic figures and abstract forms in bold outlines the mural cautions youth against using  Crack, a highly potent, addictive, and dangerous form of smokable cocaine whose use reached epidemic proportions in the mid- to late 1980s. Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in...

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National Black Theatre

National Black Theatre

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  The National Black Theatre  was founded in 1968 by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer,  to showcase productions by, and about, black Americans at a time when such stories rarely appeared on the mainstream stage. It has evolved into a cultural spawning ground, one that presents shows and workshops intended to foster respect for African ancestry and for black...

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Casa Latina

Casa Latina

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In 1948 musician Bartolo Alvarez established Casa Latina where he sold music and instruments. Inspired as a youngster by hearing Rafael Hernández play at nearby Almacenes Hernández, Bartolo went on to found Alba and Rival Records, recording some of the era’s most popular artists. Casa Latina moved to its present location in 1962. Purchased in 1969 by the Rubio...

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Park Plaza and Park Palace

Park Plaza and Park Palace

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While today this building is a house of worship,  from the 1920s to the early 1960s,  New Yorkers came to Park Plaza to dance, arriving from all over the city to rhumba, mambo, and cha-cha-cha. As Jewish and Italian East Harlem slowly gave way to Puerto Rican El Barrio, the Palace was reborn as the “birthplace of New York Latin dance music.” The main,...

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Alice Neel Residence

Alice Neel Residence

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Alice Neel (1900-1984), considered one of the great american portrait painters of the 20th century,  lived and worked in East Harlem during a formative period in her career. Already an accomplished painter in the W.P.A, Neel moved from Greenwich Village to East harlem in 1938.  That first year, she lived at 8 east 107th street with her lover,  Jose Santiago Negron,...

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