So I came across a New York tourism book the other day and I decided that maybe it had some good tips for me, so I started to read. The book was really great and it outlined each of Manhattan's neighborhoods including restaurants, sights to see, and fun facts.
I came across my neighborhood and there was a 1 hour walking tour that was detailed. I decided that maybe I could learn something cool about where I lived and I DID! I looked at the map and got so excited because my street was dotted with the tour path and it had a little number that meant it was a spot to stop at. I looked up the number and I was so excited because I found out that I live on the street that Billie Holiday grew up on. Not only do I live on her street, but we could have been neighbors because it is only a few apartments down the street. I walk past that apartment everyday on my way to the Subway and I had no idea. I think that is pretty awesome, not many people can say that, except my neighbors.
I also found out that on the street behind my apartment there is a really famous church. My roommate and I have noticed hoards of people standing outside the church everyday, but we weren't sure why. Now I know that a lot of tourists come to see the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the church that Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. served as preacher. He served the church until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first African American from New York to ever do so. The church was a prominent part of culture during the Harlem Renaissance and has seen some famous events, like the wedding of Nat King Cole. Currently, the Abyssinian Baptist Church is known for being a powerhouse in our neighborhood and they are responsible for multiple community buildings and schools. To this day, members of the church dress to the nines on Sunday mornings and often have to walk through crowds of tourists trying to get a peek inside the famous red doors.
(I tried to take a picture of the crowds, but it was raining and my pictures weren't that great. Next Sunday :))