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The Apollo

253 West 125th Street
Harlem

The World Famous Apollo Theater is the epicenter for the careers of some of the biggest African American entertainers of all time, from Ella Fitzgerald, to James Brown, to Jimi Hendrix.

Minetta Theatre Alley

18 Minetta Lane

West Village

Broadway may be home to some of the biggest theaters and musicals on the planet, but there are scores of other amazing theaters scattered around the city, like the tiny Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village.

Washington Square Park

Corner of 5th Avenue and 1st Street
Harlem

Legendary chic guitarist Nile Rodgers produced, wrote, and performed on albums for Madonna and many more throughout his prolific career.

Strawberry Fields

Central Park West and West 72nd Street
Manhattan

Strawberry Fields is a section of Central Park dedicated to John Lennon. The Imagine mosaic is located directly across from the Dakota Apartments, where Lennon lived for the latter part of his life.

Electric Lady Studios

52 West Eighth Street
Greenwich Village

Built in 1970 by Jimi Hendrix, this legendary studio continues to play host to some of the biggest acts in the world.

Grimaldi's

1 Front Street
Brooklyn

Founding member of the Beastie Boys, MCA grew up in Brooklyn not far from this famous spot frequented by iconic artists and fans alike. The group's 1987 single, “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn,” was an instant classic.

Chelsea Hotel

222 West 23rd Street
Chelsea

While living in The Chelsea Hotel for a period, Leonard Cohen was inspired to write one of his biggest hits, Chelsea Hotel #2, based on a romance he had there.

Spanish Harlem

3rd & 110 Street
Harlem

Revered jazz musician Tito Puente was born and raised in Spanish Harlem, where he earned the nickname, “El Rey de los Timbales” (The King of the Timbales).

Village Vanguard

178 7th Avenue S
West Village

This 82-year-old temple of jazz hosted some of the most acclaimed jazz musicians in the world, from Miles Davis to Ella Fitzgerald and many more.

CBGB

315 Bowery

The infamous birthplace of Punk Rock and New Wave, where Joan Jett and so many more rocked out for rowdy Bowery crowds until its eventual closing in 2006.

Murray Bergstraum High

411 Pearl Street

Q-Tip returns to his high school on the Lower East Side, where he and a group of friends created one of the most iconic rap groups of all time—A Tribe Called Quest.

Prospect Heights

Corner of Underhill Avenue and St. John’s Place

The Notorious B.I.G. grew up in Prospect Heights, and several murals around Brooklyn pay homage to one of hip hop’s most influential figures.

Bitter End

147 Bleecker Street

Established in 1961, the Bitter End is the oldest rock venue in New York. The tiny village venue has launched many careers, including Lady Gaga.

Marcy Projects

648 Park Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

At the crossroads of Bed-Stuy, Fort Greene, Williamsburg, and Clinton Hills sits the public housing that gave birth to one of the biggest artist of all time—Shawn Carter, also known as Jay Z.

Carnegie Hall

881 7th Avenue

The most legendary concert hall in the world sits in the heart of Manhattan. This 126-year-old venue has hosted more than 46,000 events since its doors opened in 1891.

Madison Square Garden

4 Pennsylvania Plaza

The World’s Most Famous Arena. Home of the 2018 GRAMMYs.