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Studio / 1 BR
45% Complete
2,099
2 Bedrooms
58% Complete
2,694
3 Bedrooms
75% Complete
3,475
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
4,650

Good For
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • Professionals
  • Singles

 

What's around
  • 99 Fitness options
  • 610 Restaurants
  • 534 Shops
  • 39 Schools
  • 165 Grocery stores/markets
  • 48 Banks
  • 92 Nightlife options

 


PUBLIC TRANSITExcellent

WALKABILITYExcellent
Safety

Harlem has an above average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for New York City.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Harlem LIKE?

Harlem is one of New York City's most storied neighborhoods. Located in uptown Manhattan, this has traditionally been the core of the city's African American community and was the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s that gave the world cultural greats like Langston Hughes, Josephine Baker, and Louis Armstrong. The iconic Apollo Theater, which has featured everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to the Jackson 5, still hosts comedy and musical acts today.

The area has seen hard times with high crime since those days, but has been on a path of gentrification for many years now. While crime is still a problem in some parts, overall it has dropped significantly in the past couple decades. 

For housing, there is a mix of stately brownstones, large brick apartment complexes, smaller brick walk-ups, and government-subsidized housing. New development is bringing luxury condos to the market as well.

Most of Harlem's restaurants and nightlife tends to be clustered in the southern half of the neighborhood. You'll find a wide range of dining options, with several acclaimed new restaurants opening up in recent years. There are also a number of southern food joints that have become neighborhood institutions, like Sylvia's. The northern part of Harlem is fairly devoid of options besides fast food.

If you have children, it's worth noting that the public schools in the area are not very good. There are a handful of well-regarded charter schools here, but they use a lottery system to accept students so are very hard to get into.

Harlem has several parks offering athletic fields, dog runs, playgrounds, chess tables, and picnic areas. And you're not far from the sprawling Central Park and its 840 acres of amenities.

Harlem is bordered on the north by Washington Heights, on the east by the Harlem River and East Harlem, on the south by Central Park and the Upper West Side, and on the west by Morningside Heights, Manhattanville, and Hamilton Heights.

 

Commute:
Wall Street: 10.5 miles / 30-70 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 6 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 22 miles / 35-55 minutes by car / 55-60 minutes by transit

Harlem New York City Neighborhood Photo

 

Local Flavor   Harlem Local Flavor
Amy Ruth's
Amy Ruth's 113 W 116TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10026 MAP
amyruths.com

Harlem’s famous Soul Food Restaurant, Amy Ruth’s, was inspired by the memory of a loving Grandmother.

Sylvia's
Sylvia's 328 MALCOLM X BLVD, NEW YORK, NY 10027 MAP
http://sylviasrestaurant.com

Sylvia Woods, the “Queen of Soulfood,” is the founder and owner of the world famous Sylvia’s Restaurant, located in the historical village of Harlem, since 1962.

The Cecil
The Cecil 210 W 118TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10026 MAP
http://www.thececilharlem.com/

A one-of-a-kind Asian Fusion dining experience in Harlem.

Apollo Theater
Apollo Theater 253 W 125 STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10027 MAP
https://www.apollotheater.org

A famous music hall which is a noted venue for African-American performers.

Red Rooster Harlem
Red Rooster Harlem 310 LENOX AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10027 MAP
Business website redroosterharlem.com

Red Rooster serves comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. Named in honor of the legendary Harlem speakeasy, Chef Marcus Samuelsson brings his passion for food to the neighborhood he calls home.

National Jazz Museum
National Jazz Museum 58 W 129TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10027 MAP
http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org

A Smithsonian Affiliate, is a thriving center for jazz that stimulates hearts and minds, and reaches out to diverse audiences to enjoy this quintessential American music.

Photo Credits: Thanks to @nyctips_, @mrthompson.nyc, @rintintin_nyc@alvarezgaby10_ and @yukixnyc for your great photos of this neighborhood! 

 

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