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Neighborhood Guide


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The neighborhood of Harlem spans the most northern section of Manhattan, and is marked by the region north of 96th Street and Central Park. Rich in culture, history, and flair, Harlem has undergone an extreme renaissance in the last half-century, making for an extremely appealing and safe place to live. Many beautiful high-rises have been built, overlooking both the East River and the Hudson, while there are still historic pre-war brownstones and townhouses, and cozy apartments and walk-ups. Harlem’s affordability also makes the area very popular, and you’re sure to find a place that fits your lifestyle in this lovely neighborhood. Home to Columbia University and the renowned Apollo Theater, the many cultures and stories of the different sections of Harlem mesh together to form one of the most unique and welcoming areas in New York. Great restaurants, an exciting nightlife, and many historic and cultural aspects can be found in Harlem as well. With easy access down to the rest of Manhattan, as well as the TriBoro and George Washington Bridges in the area, living in Harlem allows for an easy trip almost anywhere. With a mix of young professionals, families, and older residents alike, Harlem has become a destination of choice in the city.
With restaurants of many ethnicities, there is always a delicious dining option in Harlem, although the area boasts of some of the best Southern Soul Food in the city. For delicious soul food in an atmosphere that feels like home, try Amy Ruth’s Home-Style Southern Cuisine (2841 Frederick Douglass Blvd.), and for tasty barbeque, check out Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (646 W. 131st Street). The Hudson River Café (697 W. 133rd Street) has a great American menu with a global influence, and for Creole cuisine and a great view of the Hudson, The River Room (Riverside Drive at 145th Street) is the place to go.
Rich with culture and history, Harlem offers many significant sights and landmarks to see, as well as lots of entertainment. The Apollo Theater is perhaps the most famous landmark in Harlem, and is a famous music hall where some of the world’s best performers, including Duke Ellington and Aretha Franklin, have performed. The Harlem Children’s Zone, the National Black Theater, el Museo del Barrio, and the Langston Hughes House are other attractions in the area. West Harlem Piers Park along the Henry Hudson Parkway, St. Nicholas Park on W. 128th Street and St. Nicholas Ave, and the Marcus Garvey Park on Madison Ave and W. 120th Street all over great green space in the neighborhood as well as playgrounds, running tracks, and more.
Transportation/Getting Around
Travelling around and out of Harlem to the rest of New York is extremely easy with the many means of transportation available in the area. The 4, 5, and 6 trains travel along Lexington Avenue, while the 1, 2, and 3 trains span Broadway. The A, B, C, and D trains are also available throughout Harlem, and stop at 125th Street and 145th Street.
Many school options are available in Harlem, including Frederick Douglas Academy, Rice High School, KIPP Infinity Charter School, The Cathedral School, P.S. 154, and New Heights Academy Charter School. The prestigious Columbia University is also located in Harlem, adding to the youthful and hip vibe of the neighborhood.
Many homey and fun bars and nightlife options are abundant throughout Harlem. For a vintage bar, try A Touch of Dee (659 Malcolm X Blvd.), or for an authentic bowling alley and lounge, Harlem Lanes (2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.) is sure to provide you with a good time. Harlem’s first wine bar, Nectar (2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd.) is a real crowd-pleaser, while St. Nick’s Pub (773 St. Nicholas Ave) is a hip jazz bar with live music.
Many small shops can be found throughout Harlem, offering everything from clothing to furniture, from tools to textiles. The Harlem Center offers shopping opportunities, with a new Marshall’s recently opening. Easy access to the stores on the Upper West Side and Upper East Side is also available.
Other restaurants in Harlem:
  • Africa Kine Restaurant (256 W. 116th Street)- $- African
  • Fishers of Men (121 W. 125th Street)- $- Seafood, Hot Dogs
  • Flordita Tapas (3219 Broadway)- $$- Spanish, Tapas
  • Londel’s Supper Club (2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd.)- $$- Cajun, Creole
  • Melba’s (300 W. 114th Street)- $$- American, Burgers
  • Miss Maude’s Spoonbread Too (547 Lenox Ave)- $$- Southern, Soul food
  • Sylvia’s (328 Lenox Ave)- $$- Neighborhood Favorite, Soul food
  • Yatenga (2269 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.)- $$- Bistro
For more restaurants in Harlem, go to New York Magazine’s restaurant page: http://nymag.com/restaurants/?f=food
Other bars in Harlem:
  • Judi’s (2308 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.)- Homey bar
  • M & S Frontline Company (540 W. 145th Street)- Dive Bar
  • Moca Lounge (2210 Eighth Ave)- Lounge
  • Paris Blue’s (2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.)- Dive Bar
  • Perk’s (553 Manhattan Ave)- Jazz Club
  • Seville Lounge (2121 Seventh Ave)- Lounge
  • Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.)- Live African Music
For more bars in Harlem, go to New York Magazine’s bars page: http://nymag.com/nightlife/?f=bars
  • Planet Fitness (317 Malcolm X Blvd.)
  • NYC Fitness (3550 Broadway)
  • ARC Athletics (646 W. 131st Street)
  • New York Sports Club (NYSC) (1400 Fifth Ave)
Dry Cleaners/Tailors:
  • Grisula’s on Fifth Cleaners (1400 Fifth Ave)
  • 131st Street Cleaners (2439 Frederick Douglass Blvd.)
  • New Supreme Cleaners (754 St. Nicholas Ave)
  • Exclusive French Dry Cleaner (434 Malcolm X Blvd.)
Liquor Stores:
  • The Winery (257 W. 116th Street)
  • Friedland Wine & Liquor Store (605 Malcolm X Blvd.)
  • Amsterdam Liquor Mart (1356 Amsterdam Ave)
  • Luis Liquor Corp. (108 W. 145th Street)
Grocery Stores:
  • Fairway Market (2328 12th Ave)
  • C-Town Supermarket (238 W. 116th Street)
  • Associated Supermarket (2444 Seventh Ave)
  • Fine Fair Supermarket (2463 Frederick Douglass Blvd.)
  • Foodtown (756 St. Nicholas Ave)