It helped propel the careers of Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix. James Brown recorded one of the most famous live albums there. And Aretha Franklin called it home.

Now, the Apollo Theater in Harlem plans to expand its footprint for the first time since 1934, taking on two new spaces — one with 99 seats, another with 199 — as part of the redevelopment of the Victoria Theater, a few doors away, on West 125th Street.

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By: Sopan Deb