Harlem is enjoying a new renaissance — an explosion of new development. Harlem residents are also finding a new range of shopping options, as 125th Street, once known for its independent bazaars that offered anything and everything for sale, is now also home to Uptown sites for chains. Beautiful architectural enclaves feature townhouses — many with multiple fireplaces and gorgeous molding — designed by the famous firm of McKim, Mead and White.
For play, Marcus Garvey Park offers Harlemites twenty acres playgrounds, a swimming pool as well as plays and concerts in the park’s amphitheater. It is also home to the city’s Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. You can catch the next star at amateur night at Harlem’s landmark Apollo Theater, a renowned institution which launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, and Lauryn Hill.
Gifts & the best cookie in NY!
I recently enjoyed going to The Studio Museum of Harlem with a cleint who had bought in Harlem. The gift shop at the museum was full of unusual items & I bought a lot for future holiday gifts. But the delicious cookie from Levain truly made the day!
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