About Harlem

One of Manhattan’s most picturesque neighborhoods, Harlem is nestled between 96th Street and 155th Street, and 5th Avenue and Morningside Avenue. As the birthplace of the renaissance movement, the neighborhood rose to fame in the 1920s as a haven for creative thinking, art and music, and cultural traditions. Life-long residents mix with newcomers charmed by its place in iconic New York history, the energy in the streets, and the beauty in what can only be defined as quintessential city-living.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $175,000 to $12,900,000

Closed Prices: $1 to $5,160,000

Median Sale Price: $920,000

Average $ per sq ft: $958

Association Fee Ranges:

Around Harlem

The neighborhood is split up into Central, East, and West Harlem. Within those sections, you’ll find mini-neighborhoods featuring a mix of 19th-century brownstones and modern high-rises. East Harlem is commonly referred to as Spanish Harlem. Manhattanville, also known as West Harlem, is home to Columbia students and Riverside Park. Hamilton Heights is on the northern side of Harlem, home to City College. More modern offerings can be found closer to major avenues, like Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X Boulevard. Every neighborhood within the neighborhood boasts its own tree-lined blocks and vibrant energy.

The expanse that is Harlem contains multitudes of dining options, some of the best in the city, at that. Places like Melba’s and Clay make a strong argument for staying uptown for a nice night out. You’d be hard pressed to find better Southern food in all of New York City, thanks to establishments like Sylvia’s Restaurant and BLVD Bistro, plus the newly opened Harlem Biscuit Company. If you’re meeting up with friends or hoping to enjoy the outdoors, sprawling spots like Red Rooster, Harlem Tavern, and Harlem Shake are all embodiments of the generous, communal energy of Harlem itself.

Harlem is two things at once: a peaceful respite dotted with some of the city’s best parks and an electric, buzzing center for all things art and joy. Major avenues are home to local stores and eateries. But turn off onto almost any street and find yourself in a quaint neighborhood all its own. The neighborhood is mostly free of tourists. The rich history of civil rights activists who walked the streets is honored. And still, there’s hardly a place in Manhattan more lively on a weekend night where you can enjoy a late-night jazz set.

Make the first stop at Belle Harlem, a chic, compact dining room that just might be the most charming spot uptown. Walk along 125th Street and enjoy a show at the iconic Apollo Theater. Meet up with friends for drinks and maybe some live music and dancing at one of the many bars and clubs in South and Central Harlem. Before ending your late-night adventure, stop at Pizza by Lucielle’s for a slice to take home.

Start the morning at Common Good Harlem, a neighborhood staple for coffee and pastries. Walk to Marcus Garvey Park, a square between East Harlem and Harlem. Enjoy lunch from a number of seafood restaurants, another neighborhood specialty, like Famous Fish Market or Lolo’s Seafood Shack. Spending the afternoon browsing the expansive Harlem Library before meeting friends for a performance at the Harlem Repertory Theatre. End with dinner at Yuzu for fantastic sushi.

Harlem is notably accessible to the rest of Manhattan. Take the 2, 3, A, C, B, or D trains uptown or downtown with ease. A commute to the Financial District would average 40 minutes or so. Harlem is incredibly walkable, which makes its physical distance from other boroughs like Brooklyn and Queens more manageable.

Locals Love

  • Access to greenspace
  • Cultural attractions
  • Rich history
  • Tight-knit community

Locals Don't Love

  • Rising home prices
  • Traffic and noise on main streets
  • Replacement of mom-and-pop shops with larger corporations

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