While continuing to celebrate its rich cultural history, Harlem is also experiencing an influx of new development and new neighbors. The vitality of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance has been reinvigorated at historic music venues like the Apollo Theater. The Studio Museum is a nexus for art of the African diaspora. Along Lenox Avenue in the 120’s, a restaurant row has emerged led by Red Rooster, a popular place where great local food, art, and music come together. On Sundays after church, Harlem’s strong community spirit overflows into the neighborhood restaurants where soul food is often on the menu. At the southern end of the neighborhood, Central Park’s Harlem Meer beckons with its beautiful landscaping and lake. Activities include fishing, a Discovery Center, and a nearby pool that transforms into a skating rink during the winter.
Recent tax incentives created a swath of new development along Frederick Douglas Boulevard from 113th Street to 125th Street. These condos have attracted many professionals to the area as well as plenty of new businesses that cater to them. Harlem Tavern entices passersby with its welcoming patio and live music, while Bier International serves German beer at friendly communal tables. Pastry shops and a modern supermarket make food shopping a pleasure. The surrounding streets display many newly renovated brownstones and pre-war buildings. At the nearby western edge of Harlem, Morningside Park provides greenery, playing fields, and a stairway up to Columbia University.
While much of Harlem consists of prewar apartment buildings and brownstones, new developments are popping up all the time throughout the neighborhood. Although prices have been rising, Harlem still offers a more affordable option than the nearby Upper West Side or Upper East Side.
Midtown is about 20 minutes away by subway.