Discovering Black New York--A Guide to the City's Most Important African American Landmarks, Restaurants, Museums, Historical Sites, and More by Linda Tarrant-Reid Citadel Press, October 2001, $12.95 ISBN 0-806-52144-9
Writer and photographer Linda Tarrant-Reid delivers the ultimate guide to black New York. "It was very exciting working on Discovering Black New York," says Tarrant-Reid. "It was like solving an exquisite mystery. There was so much I didn't know." In eight chapters, one on each of the five boroughs--Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens--plus chapters on Harlem, historic sites outside of the city, and a calendar of events, residents as well as visitors to New York will find new, and valuable local information. Historical landmarks, restaurants, stores, museums and cultural centers are listed with a brief description and contact information, which makes Discovering Black New York an easy reference guide for touring New York. The sidebars throughout the book serve as mini-history lessons to well-known historical sites, such as the Apollo Theatre and the African Burial Ground. "I wrote the book to put the experiences of Africans and African Americans into a context that highlights our rich history, as well as the many contributions blacks have made to the greatest city in the world," says Tarrant-Reid. Readers are sure to come away with a better understanding of both New York and its black culture.
Harlem Renaissance--Map Poster Guide & The Queens Jazz Trail--A Full-Color Illustrated Map Ephemera Press, Map $9.95 Poster $12.95
The Harlem Renaissance Map Poster Guide covers the central district of Harlem plus Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill, and The Queens Jazz Trail, which covers places of interest for jazz lovers in the borough. The maps are well-researched and user-friendly, and make planning tours through Harlem and Queens easy and enjoyable. Marc Miller, former museum consultant and founder of Brooklyn-based Ephemera Press, created the maps for students, tourists, locals, or anyone interested in the particularly rich history of these two cultural centers. Tony Millionaire's beautiful illustrations make the maps suitable for framing. Among the famous sites listed on the Harlem map are the apartments of writers Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Ralph Ellison; musicians Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie and Duke Ellington; entertainers Billie Holiday and Florence Mills; and artist Romare Bearden. Also listed are the studios of photographer James VanDerZee and painter William H. Johnson, and the original site of the Madam C.J. Walker School of Hair. The Queens Jazz Trail lists the homes of jazz legends Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Thomas "Fats" Waller among others. The maps measure 18 x 24 inches, and are available either folded ($9.95) or as posters ($12.95). Maps for New Orleans and Civil Rights sites throughout the South are currently in the works.
For more information, contact Ephemera Press at 718-369-8869 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find maps at the following locations:
Museum Store at The Studio Museum in Harlem 144 W. 125th Street New York, NY 10027 212-864-0014 www.studiomuseuminharlem.org The Met Store at Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY 10028 212-535-7710 www.metmuseum.org Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street New York, NY 10021 212-570-3614 www.whitney.org Online: www.ephemerapress.com www.cushcity.com