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About the Neighborhood


Harlem has become synonymous with integral movements in music, literature, dance and art. From Minton’s and the Cotton Club to the infamous Apollo Theater, Harlem is home to countless venues, some with roots that reach back to the Roaring 20s. Flanked east and west by the Hudson and Harlem Rivers, and running from 110th Street to 155th Street, Harlem is bordered by the Washington Heights and Morningside Heights (home to Columbia University) neighborhoods.


While the history of Harlem is exciting in itself, one can’t help but notice an exciting wave of change on its main streets. Harlem is rewriting history with every celebrity chef that carves out new digs and with every trendy new storefront that throws open their doors. The rich history of Harlem is reflected through a wealth of museums, walking tours and restaurants, each catering to a different background or interest.

Transportation


With so much to do in Harlem, it's hard to believe you'll ever have to leave. However, should you ever want to visit Midtown, FiDi or beyond, Harlem is extremely well connected.

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Restaurants


Harlem may be known for its jazz legacy, but its burgeoning food scene is also quickly making a name for itself. In fact, some say Harlem is undergoing a second Renaissance, except this time, it's one for the foodies.
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Red Rooster Harlem 310 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
212.792.9001
http://www.redroosterharlem.com
Maison Harlem 341 St. Nicholas Ave.
New York, NY 10027
212.222.9224
http://www.maisonharlem.com
Blvd Bistro 239 Malcolm X Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
212.678.6200
http://www.blvdbistrony.com
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 700 W 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
212.694.1777
http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com
Sylvia’s Restaurant 328 Malcolm X Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
212.996.0660
http://www.sylviasrestaurant.com

Nightlife


Few places worldwide have as many bars and clubs that still hold true to their historic roots. Harlem has long been synonymous with jazz music, and whether you're transported back to the Roaring 20's in a supper club or through one of the still-remaining speakeasies, it's clear to see this culture hasn't changed.
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Ginny’s Supper Club 310 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
212.421.3821
http://www.ginnyssupperclub.com
Bier International 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10026
212.280.0944
http://www.bierinternational.com
Apollo Theater 253 W 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
212.531.5300
http://www.apollotheater.org
Harlem Tavern 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10026
212.866.4500
http://www.harlemtavern.com
Showman’s Jazz Club 375 W 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
212.864.8941

Striver’s Row


Located in the heart of Harlem on both sides of West 138th and 139th, the St. Nicholas Historic District, or “Striver’s Row”, is a famous row of homes designed by renowned architects in the 18th century. With private alleyways and secluded courtyards, these homes boasted amenities that were a rarity for the times. Still, very few houses were able to sell and as white New Yorkers left Harlem during an economic depression, these homes sat vacant. Eventually, leaders in the black community and high-ranking professionals, or “strivers”, moved in, thus creating the name Striver’s Row. From brain surgeons and heavyweight boxers to composers and musicians, many notable people made their residences in these homes over the years.

Entertainment


As any local knows, Harlem and history go hand-in-hand. Not surprising, the main streets of this neighborhood are dotted with museums and landmarks that commemorate history and educate outsiders on Harlem's rich past.
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Studio Museum 144 W 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
212.864.4500
http://www.studiomuseum.org
El Museo del Barrio 1230 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10029
212.831.7272
http://www.elmuseo.org
Graffiti Hall of Fame Park Ave.
New York, NY 10039
212.234.9607
Rucker Park 280 W 155th St.
New York, NY 10039
212.408.0100
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
New York, NY 10037
917.275.6975
http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg

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