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Harlem

Harlem
Living in Harlem

Harlem is still a place with a real community spirit embodied in the museums and music venues, which celebrate its African American heritage. Yet modern-day Harlem is becoming an increasingly diverse place with many people attracted by its historic properties and the opening of new bars and restaurants in the area.

In addition, the A, B, C and D trains all stop at 125th street making commuting to the rest of the city easy.

Harlem Real Estate


A neighborhood with more than its fair share of historic brownstones and elegant townhouses, Harlem has many landmark properties for sale. Older Harlem Apartments feature original details like working fireplaces and crown molding along with refurbished modern kitchens that give you the best of the past and the present.

In recent years, there are more modern Harlem apartments to rent in newly built condominiums with luxury amenities.

Harlem History


Named after the city of Harlem in the Netherlands, it was founded in 1658 by Dutch Settlers. Since the 1920's, Harlem has been known as a significant African American residential, cultural and business center.

African-Americans began to arrive in significant numbers from the south as part of the Great Migration. Consequently, in the 1920's and 30's, the neighborhood was the focus of the 'Harlem Renaissance,' an outpouring of artistic work featuring the work of men such as Langston Hughes.

During the sixties, the community was active in the Civil Rights Movement with figures like Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell using Harlem as a launch pad for political, social and economic empowerment activities. Martin Luther King also delivered his anti-Vietnam, pro-social justice Riverside Speech on the edge of the neighborhood, while the Theresa Hotel was a popular meeting place for Civil Rights Leaders.

Harlem Attractions


Many of the best things to do in Harlem revolve around its African-American heritage of the neighborhood. No place represents this better than the Apollo Theater. Since opening its doors in 1914, it has introduced the world to Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill and many, many more. The Apollo has a full year-round calendar of events, and a visit is an essential part of the Harlem experience.

With an impressive 2000 photos, paintings and sculptures on display, The Studio Museum of Harlem is the place to see artists of African descent produce work influenced by black culture.

Taste Harlem takes you on a food and culture tour of the neighborhood, visiting the galleries, churches, and history of the area as well as inviting you to sample Caribbean and African cuisines.

Lastly, Marcus Garvey Park is a center for community life, with a swimming pool, a little league baseball field and two playgrounds for children of all ages. During the summer, theatrical and musical performances are held at the Richard Rogers Amphitheater.

Harlem Shopping


Trunk Show Designer Consignment is a clothing store dedicated to the belief that quality always trumps quantity, while still understanding you need to get value for money. They sell carefully selected authentic designer items at consignment prices, so you can look great and feel great about doing it.

The place to find special-edition Nikes and a host of other sneaker brands is Atmos NY. As well as shoes they produce anime inspired t-shirts and other apparel. The store has also participated in collaborations with brands like New Balance and North Face to create exclusive footwear and apparel lines.

Flamekeepers Hat Club is a locally owned store that offers an array of sophisticated hats, in many classic styles ranging from straw boaters to newsboy caps.

Finally, Harlem Shambles is an ethical, upscale butcher shop that works with local farms to produce high-quality meats. They have classically trained butchers who'll give you the freshest cuts with minimum waste.

Harlem Restaurants


Perhaps the most lauded restaurant in Harlem is Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster. Named for a famous Harlem speakeasy that attracted such noteworthy figures as Nat King Cole and James Baldwin, it serves comfort food that celebrates the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood.

A block away is Sylvia's, a landmark Harlem restaurant famous for its southern comfort food. Its founder Sylvia Woods was known as the 'The Queen of Soul Food' and the restaurant has remained true to that vision, serving dishes like Carolina style smothered chicken and cornmeal dusted catfish with sides like collard greens and black-eyed peas.

It's not the only soul food joint in town. Amy Ruth's offers southern cooking classics like chicken & waffles, which is called the Rev. Al Sharpton on the menu. Other entrees are also named after notable African American's. For example, fried, smothered, naked or Bar-B-Q chicken is the 'The President Barack Obama.'

Finally, Vinateria is a contemporary spot pairing wine and cocktails with upscale Spanish and Italian cookery. It uses local ingredients wherever possible, while the wine list focuses on small producers.

Harlem Nightlife

Harlem's first beer garden, Bier International, has 18 international drafts and 20 bottled beers from all over the world. There is also a food menu that features international dishes from Germany, France, Belgium, Mexico, and Brazil, with each plate accompanied by a beer pairing suggestion.

67 Orange Street is inspired by one of the first black-owned bars in the city, Almack's Dance Hall, and named after its last known location. It serves high-end cocktails from an extensive drink list, and patrons can also enjoy small plates and entrees like Lobster & Shrimp Mac n Cheese.

In the basement of the Red Rooster is Ginny's Supper Club, where you can enjoy some of Marcus Samuelsson's comfort food with a cocktail and live music. On Sunday's the venue hosts a Gospel Brunch, which features a brunch smorgasbord and a local Harlem Gospel Choir.

Famed as the place where bebop was born, Minton's has seen such jazz greats as Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker play on its stage. Today you can still see world-class jazz performers and enjoy high-end Afro-Asian dining.

Living in Harlem
Harlem is still a place with a real community spirit embodied in the museums and music venues, which celebrate its African American heritage. Yet modern-day Harlem is becoming an increasingly diverse place with many people attracted by its historic properties and the opening of new bars and restaurants in the area.

In addition, the A, B, C and D trains all stop at 125th street making commuting to the rest of the city easy.

Harlem Real Estate


A neighborhood with more than its fair share of historic brownstones and elegant townhouses, Harlem has many landmark properties for sale. Older Harlem Apartments feature original details like working fireplaces and crown molding along with refurbished modern kitchens that give you the best of the past and the present.

In recent years, there are more modern Harlem apartments to rent in newly built condominiums with luxury amenities.

Harlem History


Named after the city of Harlem in the Netherlands, it was founded in 1658 by Dutch Settlers. Since the 1920's, Harlem has been known as a significant African American residential, cultural and business center.

African-Americans began to arrive in significant numbers from the south as part of the Great Migration. Consequently, in the 1920's and 30's, the neighborhood was the focus of the 'Harlem Renaissance,' an outpouring of artistic work featuring the work of men such as Langston Hughes.

During the sixties, the community was active in the Civil Rights Movement with figures like Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell using Harlem as a launch pad for political, social and economic empowerment activities. Martin Luther King also delivered his anti-Vietnam, pro-social justice Riverside Speech on the edge of the neighborhood, while the Theresa Hotel was a popular meeting place for Civil Rights Leaders.

Harlem Attractions


Many of the best things to do in Harlem revolve around its African-American heritage of the neighborhood. No place represents this better than the Apollo Theater. Since opening its doors in 1914, it has introduced the world to Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill and many, many more. The Apollo has a full year-round calendar of events, and a visit is an essential part of the Harlem experience.

With an impressive 2000 photos, paintings and sculptures on display, The Studio Museum of Harlem is the place to see artists of African descent produce work influenced by black culture.

Taste Harlem takes you on a food and culture tour of the neighborhood, visiting the galleries, churches, and history of the area as well as inviting you to sample Caribbean and African cuisines.

Lastly, Marcus Garvey Park is a center for community life, with a swimming pool, a little league baseball field and two playgrounds for children of all ages. During the summer, theatrical and musical performances are held at the Richard Rogers Amphitheater.

Harlem Shopping


Trunk Show Designer Consignment is a clothing store dedicated to the belief that quality always trumps quantity, while still understanding you need to get value for money. They sell carefully selected authentic designer items at consignment prices, so you can look great and feel great about doing it.

The place to find special-edition Nikes and a host of other sneaker brands is Atmos NY. As well as shoes they produce anime inspired t-shirts and other apparel. The store has also participated in collaborations with brands like New Balance and North Face to create exclusive footwear and apparel lines.

Flamekeepers Hat Club is a locally owned store that offers an array of sophisticated hats, in many classic styles ranging from straw boaters to newsboy caps.

Finally, Harlem Shambles is an ethical, upscale butcher shop that works with local farms to produce high-quality meats. They have classically trained butchers who'll give you the freshest cuts with minimum waste.

Harlem Restaurants


Perhaps the most lauded restaurant in Harlem is Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster. Named for a famous Harlem speakeasy that attracted such noteworthy figures as Nat King Cole and James Baldwin, it serves comfort food that celebrates the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood.

A block away is Sylvia's, a landmark Harlem restaurant famous for its southern comfort food. Its founder Sylvia Woods was known as the 'The Queen of Soul Food' and the restaurant has remained true to that vision, serving dishes like Carolina style smothered chicken and cornmeal dusted catfish with sides like collard greens and black-eyed peas.

It's not the only soul food joint in town. Amy Ruth's offers southern cooking classics like chicken & waffles, which is called the Rev. Al Sharpton on the menu. Other entrees are also named after notable African American's. For example, fried, smothered, naked or Bar-B-Q chicken is the 'The President Barack Obama.'

Finally, Vinateria is a contemporary spot pairing wine and cocktails with upscale Spanish and Italian cookery. It uses local ingredients wherever possible, while the wine list focuses on small producers.

Harlem Nightlife

Harlem's first beer garden, Bier International, has 18 international drafts and 20 bottled beers from all over the world. There is also a food menu that features international dishes from Germany, France, Belgium, Mexico, and Brazil, with each plate accompanied by a beer pairing suggestion.

67 Orange Street is inspired by one of the first black-owned bars in the city, Almack's Dance Hall, and named after its last known location. It serves high-end cocktails from an extensive drink list, and patrons can also enjoy small plates and entrees like Lobster & Shrimp Mac n Cheese.

In the basement of the Red Rooster is Ginny's Supper Club, where you can enjoy some of Marcus Samuelsson's comfort food with a cocktail and live music. On Sunday's the venue hosts a Gospel Brunch, which features a brunch smorgasbord and a local Harlem Gospel Choir.

Famed as the place where bebop was born, Minton's has seen such jazz greats as Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker play on its stage. Today you can still see world-class jazz performers and enjoy high-end Afro-Asian dining.

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