Rent Parties from Throwback Thursday: Partying Through the Decades (Slideshow)

Throwback Thursday: Partying Through the Decades (Slideshow)

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Rent Parties

Okay, so this is probably technically how your great-grandparents got down, but still, a rent party is pretty genius. In the 1920s, cash-strapped tenants in Harlem would hire a jazz band then pass a hat to pay the musicians. Anything extra went towards apartment rent, which gave rise to New York’s iconic jazz scene during the Harlem Renaissance and helped lots of people avoid eviction.