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Harlem YMCA

New York City Designated Landmark

 
 
Harlem YMCA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 2, 2021
1. Harlem YMCA Marker
Inscription.  The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Building, 135th Street Branch, opened in 1933 as the largest such facility for African-American men and boys. At the time of its completion, it was one of the country's best equipped YMCA buildings. This branch was built from plans prepared by the architectural bureau of the National Council of the YMCA. Architect James C. Mackenzie, Jr. designed and supervised the construction. Clad in brick with Neo-Georgian style details, the eleven-story YMCA is c-shaped in plan above a four-story base. The building has setbacks and is dominated by a tower that continues to be a major presence on the Harlem skyline. Renamed the Harlem YMCA, this facility serves as one of Harlem's most important recreational and cultural centers with close ties to many notable figures in the Harlem and African-American communities.
 
Erected 1999 by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location.
Harlem YMCA Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 2, 2021
2. Harlem YMCA Marker - wide view
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40° 48.891′ N, 73° 56.574′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 135th Street east of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 180 West 135th Street, New York NY 10030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scott Joplin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexander Hamilton's House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Savoy Ballroom (approx. 0.3 miles away); His Holiness Pope John Paul II (approx. 0.3 miles away); 369th Infantry Regiment Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (approx. half a mile away); Hamilton Grange (approx. half a mile away); Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Harlem YMCA (Wikipedia). "The Harlem YMCA, intended primarily for the use of African-American men at a time when most YMCAs were for whites only, was one of the best equipped YMCAs in the United States. Its upper floors were designed for use as residences, whose occupants include a number of prominent personalities.... African-American author Maria Celeste lived in the building from 1941 through 1946, Bill Clinton is a current member.... many notable black Americans have stayed at the facility, including Malcolm X – then Malcolm Little – who chose to stay there because of its proximity to his favorite
Harlem YMCA building, looking east along West 135th Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 2, 2021
3. Harlem YMCA building, looking east along West 135th Street
nightclubs. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 for its association with the African-American writer Claude McKay (1889-1948), a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance who was resident here from 1941 until 1946." (Submitted on May 4, 2021.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 4, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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