Harlem stretches from the East River (east of 5th Avenue begins East Harlem) to the Hudson River, between 155th Street where it meets Washington Heights and 110th Street along the south. Frederick Douglass Boulevard, which is the northern extension of Central Park West, is now being considered the Gold Coast of Harlem for its many restaurants and luxury living complexes. The area below 125th St., called South Harlem (or SoHa), is the corridor where more restaurateurs and service businesses have flocked and the northern migration of renters and buyers only continues to intensify. All of Harlem has something to offer for both residents and tourists.
Harlem is exploding with new luxury condos and co-ops. There are also opportunities to live in historic landmark premiere residence complexes as well as stellar architectural landmark brownstones neighborhoods such as Hamilton Heights, Strivers’ Row and Astor Row. There still however remains an ever decreasing selection of moderate-cost housing.
Harlem has a wide array of international cuisine and various ways of enjoying it. Pick up a quick bite at Manna’s Soul Food Buffet and Salad Bar or enjoy elegant dining in the Senegalese, Patisserie Des Ambassades. Superstar Chef Marcus Samuelsson (of Aquavit fame) brings his passion for food to his Harlem home at Red Rooster.
Arts and Entertainment
The World Famous Apollo Theater and the art deco jazz club Lenox Lounge are probably the oldest and most famous entertainment venues. There is also The Studio Museum in Harlem, which is devoted to the art of African-Americans and artists of African descent. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (a New York Public Library) is one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African diasporan experiences. Or just relax and have a drink at Nectar Wine Bar, a great spot for casual conversation.
A (Columbus Circle in about ten minutes), B, C, D, 1, 2, 3
The northern end of Central Park as well as Marcus Garvey Park, one of the oldest public squares in Manhattan or you can treat yourself to one of the variety of walking tours with docents lecturing on history, art, architecture and cuisine.