10 Essential Harlem Historic and Cultural Destinations to Explore on Foot
West 138th and 139th Streets between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Originally called King Model Houses, Strivers’ Row is now known as the St. Nicholas Historic District, and is a landmark-designated site consisting of row houses built in 1891-93. It’s a popular walking attraction for its variety of architectural styles and previous homes of renowned figures in music, politics, and entertainment. Located on two different city streets that are sandwiched between large avenues, “Striver” was the colloquial name given to this enclave as upwardly mobile African Americans began moving into the area after white flight in the early 1920s. Notable African Americans who called this place home include the tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the famed Congressman for whom the avenue is named.