Highlights of Harlem

From the Apollo Theater to the Hue-Man Bookstore, get to know some of the great places and landmarks in Harlem, NY.

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New York's Times Square has wall-to-wall signage for Broadway plays, commercial ads and more. Once known as Longacre Square, Times Square was created in 1904 when The New York Times moved into the neighborhood. 960 1280

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A policeman directs traffic in front of the famous neon billboards of Times Square in New York City, at its intersection with Broadway. 960 1280

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This is the original Manhattan street sign from Wall Street and Broad Street from late 19th- to early 20th-century. The porcelain sign stood near the New York Stock Exchange and sold to a bidder for $116,500 at a Christie's auction. 960 1280

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Tourists and locals alike are familiar with this sign plaster on most taxi cabs that swerve through the traffic in New York. It's also a good way to determine the cheaper route -- a taxi cab ride or a ride on the subway. 960 1280

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Take a peep at this! Peep-O-Rama, the last pornography store on 42nd Street in the New York's Times Square district, closed in 2002. Since the 1990's bars and porn theaters were replaced with cafés and tourist shops. 960 1280

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These colorful signs at Coney Island, located in Brooklyn, tout the circus-sideshow attractions at the seaside theme park. Coney Island has been a summer destination for millions of New Yorkers for generations. 960 1280

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You're looking at a piece of New York's history. It's an old subway sign and lamp post located in uptown near Fort Tryon Park. 960 1280

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What a big difference! Matching the big neon billboards and signs in Times Square, this brightly-lit sign, marked with specific train lines, is located at the subway entrance on 42nd Street. 960 1280

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Two American soldiers and a civilian in a fedora watch workers on a scaffold hang a billboard advertisement featuring a woman's bare legs above the Winter Garden Theater and Café Zanzibar in 1944. 960 1280

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Sexy models are still part of New York's landscape. In SoHo, this provocative Calvin Klein billboard, with half-nude models, sparked a major controversy in the city. 960 1280

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A few years ago, some tourists and locals were lucky enough to hop aboard this antique subway train from the 1930s. The train is still equipped with ceiling fans and wicker seats. 960 1280

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Travelers, near and far, are familiar with the popular shirts and other merchandise that bear the "I Love New York" logo. 960 1280

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Locals and tourists on the subway trains in New York are familiar with these signs. These mosaic-tile signs clearly mark the stations along any give subway train route. 960 1280

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The neon glow of the Radio City Music Hall marks it as a well-renowned location in New York City. It's a hot spot for people to enjoy the Rockettes and other performances by popular celebs. 960 1280

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People walk past a 3-story billboard featuring porn actress Jenna Jameson in Times Square. The ad touts Jamison's web site with text reading "Who Says They Cleaned Up Times Square?" 960 1280

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The Grateful Dead played their first concert on December 10, 1965, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. This mural was painted on a wall in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood where the Dead pioneered the psychedelic sound with other local artists such as the Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin. 960 1280

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This poster for a 1966 concert at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco was the first appearance of the iconic "skeleton and roses" imagery used by the Dead throughout their career. 960 1280

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The Grateful Dead lived at this communal home on 710 Ashbury Street from 1966 to 1968. Their neighbors included Janis Joplin, Country Joe McDonald and Charles Manson. 960 1280

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The Dead were renowned for amazing live performances. Strangely, the biggest musical festival of the 1960s ' Woodstock ' was not one of them. The Dead played under harrowing weather conditions and were literally shocked by their own instruments. 960 1280

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The concert hastily organized by the Rolling Stones in December 1969 at Altamont Speedway (pictured here in a recent photo) proved to be another disaster for the Dead. The band was scheduled to perform, but declined to play due to the increasing violence spawned by the Hell's Angels who were hired to provide "security" at the venue. 960 1280

The Grateful Dead made many appearances the famous Fillmore East club in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Several live albums were subsequently released of their performances there. 960 1280

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In 1974, the Dead embarked on a tour that featured a revolutionary sound system made up of hundreds of stacked speakers called the 'Wall of Sound.' The tour kicked off on March 23, 1974, at the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA. 960 1280

The Grateful Dead's show at Cornell University's Barton Hall on May 8, 1977, is considered by many aficionados to be perhaps their greatest performance ever. The show became legendary after an audience member's tape and a high-quality soundboard recording began circulating among fans. 960 1280

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The Grateful Dead performed several times at Colorado's unique Red Rocks open-air amphitheater that appears as if it were carved out of a mountain. This photo of guitarist Jerry Garcia and drummer Mickey Hart was taken in 1987. 960 1280

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Thousands of Grateful Dead fans gather at a memorial erected to the memory of deceased Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on August 13, 1995. 960 1280

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Deadheads dance during an August 3, 2002, concert at Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Center featuring the 4 surviving members of the Grateful Dead performing as "The Other Ones." It was the first time they had performed together since the death of guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995. 960 1280

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Wife-Carrying Competition

Wife-Carrying Competition

First introduced in Sonkajärvi, Finland, wife carrying is a sport in which male competitors race through obstacles while each carrying a female teammate -- not necessarily their wife. Different types of carrying are included in the competition: piggyback, fireman's carry, or Estonian-style (pictured here). Major wife-carrying competitions are held in Sonkajärvi (where the prize is the woman’s weight in beer), Hong Kong, Wisconsin, Michigan and Maine. 960 1280

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Swamp Soccer

Swamp Soccer

Swamp soccer is exactly what it sounds like: soccer played in a swamp or bog. It began as an exercise routine for soldiers since the squishy ground makes the sport more demanding, but it has since grown with the Swamp Soccer World Championship played annually on Vuorisuo Bog in Hyrynsalmi, Finland. 960 1280

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Tar Barrels Festival

Tar Barrels Festival

The town of Ottery St Mary, England, holds annual events around Guy Fawkes Night. The festivities include a 17th-century tradition of carrying barrels soaked in tar and set on fire while racing through the town. The barrels can only be carried by those born in Ottery St Mary or those who have lived there for most of their lives, with generations of the same family often competing through the years. 960 1280

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Extreme Ironing

Extreme Ironing

Extreme ironing is part extreme sport and part performance art. The competition involves taking an ironing board to a remote location and ironing clothing. It all started in 1997 in Leicester, England, by resident Phil Shaw when he wanted to go rocking climbing instead of doing house chores … so he decided to combine them. It has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with participants vying for the most extreme locale -- ironing on mountainsides, in streets and even underwater. 960 1280

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ClauWau Championship

ClauWau Championship

From November 25-26, more than 100 Santa Clauses gather in Samnaun, Switzerland, to compete in ClauWau, the Santa Claus World Championship. Competitors sled, sculpt, deliver presents and climb chimneys, like those pictured here. 960 1280

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Mobile Phone Throwing

Mobile Phone Throwing

Mobile phone throwing is yet another sport that originated in Finland. It began in 2000 and has since grown internationally. Competitors throw mobile phones and are judged on distance or technique. The phones used vary, but they must be heavier than 7 oz. The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships are held annually in Savonlinna, Finland. 960 1280

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Air Guitar Championships

Air Guitar Championships

The first air guitar competitions were held in the 1980s in Sweden and the US and have since continued to grow internationally. The Air Guitar World Championships Network, made up of 20 countries including Finland, the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Romania and Brazil, among others, organizes the competitions -- which follow a sophisticated scoring system. On a 6-point scale, competitors play for 2 1-minute rounds and are judged on technical merit, mimesmanship, stage presence and artistry. 960 1280

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Empire State Building Race

Empire State Building Race

Held annually since 1978, the Empire State Building Run-Up is a foot race where participants run from the building’s ground floor to the 86th-floor observation deck, covering a vertical distance of 1,050 feet in 1,576 steps. The racers like to think of themselves as both runners and climbers. The current record time is 9 minutes and 33 seconds, achieved by Australian professional cyclist Paul Crake in 2003. 960 1280

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International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest

International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest

Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, MI, holds the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship every year. At this year’s annual championship, the winner claimed the title with a spit of 69 feet. 960 1280

  

Egg-Throwing Championship

Egg-Throwing Championship

Held annually in Swaton, England, since 2006, the Egg-Throwing Championship is presented by the World Egg Throwing Federation and is followed up by a beer festival of 12 types of ale from Swaton, Heckington and Sleaford microbreweries. 960 1280

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