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To get to Harlem, take the A Train
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To get to Harlem, take the A Train like the song says (the B or C will also work) to 125th street (or drive and park nearby). Ella Fitzgerald, who famously sang that tune, made her debut at the Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St.), just a short walk from the station. The theater, built in 1914, grew to become one of the most important venues for performers, launching the careers of superstars such as Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and Mariah Carey. After several renovations, it's still going strong. (Sept. 30, 2012)(Credit: Yana Paskova)

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Harlem: a walking tour of the historic New York neighborhood

Harlem's real estate boom, so frequently talked about in the last few years, may or may not be fizzling. But regardless of the price of an apartment, this slice of uptown Manhattan is still a rich neighborhood for a walking tour because of its centrality to African-American history -- as well as to the arts and letters of the 20th century generally. --TED LOOS. Special to Newsday