The Sweet Life in Harlem
Harlem is currently the only neighborhood in Manhattan that is vibing on a higher frequency than any other in the city. While the neighborhood is evolving, it has not been gentrified to the point that its connection to the past is completely erased like some other neighborhoods [read: Meatpacking District]. The improvement in services and the addition of new housing stock is unique for a changing neighborhood, in the sense that the core housing stock, (the illustrious Harlem brownstone’s) is a key and identifiable differentiator from most other neighborhoods in the city. Today, the face of Harlem consists of brownstones, condos, coops and HDFC-mixed properties. This lends itself to a diverse group of people from all walks of life that give meaning to this city being a true melting point.
What most New Yorkers don’t know is that Harlem is the largest neighborhood in Manhattan. It stretches from 110th Street to 155th Street, and is bordered by 5th Avenue and the Hudson River. Within that boundary there are several enclaves such as: Astor Row -130th Street between Lenox Avenue to 5th Avenue; Striver’s Row – 137th Street to 141st Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard to Frederick Douglass Boulevard; Mount Morris Park – 120th Street to 124th Street between Lenox Avenue to Mount Morris Park West. Currently, there are discussions to expand its borders even further. The northern enclaves consist of Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill. Both are going through their own renaissance, with an influx of new residents migrating up from other parts of the city. Filled with bespoke shops, restaurants, music halls and lounges, the cultural and creative spirit are alive and well in Harlem.
When you come to Harlem today, the best of its history anchors itself in the historic churches and elegant row houses. Several tours allow visitors to experience these beautiful homes, Mt. Morris and Striver’s Row are among them. The neighborhood has six unexpected parks – more than any other neighborhood in the city – as well as new and historic jazz places and a flourishing dining scene that allows you to experience phenomenal food, not your typical soul food joints. All of your five senses will be your guide as you see, hear, touch, feel and taste your way into the heart of all this neighborhood has to offer. There is no better way to “love the way you live.”