For jazz, swing, and all things funky, Harlem is beyond compare. The neighborhood pulsates to the rhythm of its own syncopated beat, having soared to prominence in the first half of the 20th-century during the Harlem Renaissance. The most revered of Harlem's many excellent jazz venues is the Apollo Theatre, where to this day you can still see all manner of toe-tapping performances. The likes of Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and The Jackson Five first introduced themselves to the world with performances on one of the Apollo's weekly amateur nights, immortalizing it as one of the world's most iconic venues. Harlem is not all saxophones, trumpets, and drum-kits, however. Soul food cafes and gourmet restaurants, brownstone buildings and gospel churches, niche museums and plush, green parks: Harlem is hectic, diverse and one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in New York.