“If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything,” — Claude McKay
If Harlem is included in your trek through NYC, check out the Claude McKay Residence (the Harlem YMCA), where Jamaican-born, Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay resided in its early days. Even today, it remains possible to book a guest room there.
To know literary New York, be informed about the Harlem Renaissance, a time and place in American history that birthed and celebrated the careers of many African-American writers, musicians and artists. Claude McKay and Langston Hughes are considered two of America’s greatest and most influential poets from that time.
Harlem, which borders the Hudson River and is southwest of Yankee Stadium, currently has a population of approximately 116,000 residents.
In addition to the long-standing YMCA in Upper Manhattan, the Harlem home of Langston Hughes opened to the public through the “I, Too, Arts Collective” in 2017. The address is 20 E 127th Street, New York, NY 10035.
The original typewriter and piano of Langston Hughes are on display at this multi-purpose space, honoring the life and work of one of the most popular African-American writers of all time. Read the moving story of the opening through a community-based non-profit campaign here: Huffington Post.
This is the seventh stop on our New York Trail!