Red Rooster - 125th/Lenox

Lenox Coffee, 129/Lenox

The A/B/C/D 125 St. station

West 125th St

Alexander Hamilton Bridge

Harlem Skyline

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Bill's Place - 133rd/Adam Clayton Powell

Sylvia's - Malcolm X Blvd/126th

Harlem


ABOVE 125th STREET:

Neighborhood

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

North Harlem is boarded on the south by 125th street, on the north by 145th street, on the west by Amsterdam Ave and on the east by 5th Ave.

what to do

PARKS AND RECREATION

Tour the grounds of City College, the oldest of the City University’s twenty-three institutions of higher learning. City College’s thirty-five acre Manhattan campus along Convent Avenue from 130th Street to 141st Streets is on a hill overlooking Harlem; its neo-Gothic campus was mostly designed by George Browne Post, and many of its buildings are landmarks. Saint Nicholas Park is 23-acre park bounded by 141st Street to the north, 128th Street to the south, St. Nicholas Terrace to the west, and St. Nicholas Avenue to the east. Much of City College’s campus, including the famous Shepard Hall, is located just across St. Nicholas Terrace. The wooded park features basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts, a dog park, and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation-designated barbecue areas. Other attractions include large Manhattan schist outcrops, and monarch butterflies that cover the butterfly bushes at migration time. The park was built in 1906 and designed by Samuel Parsons Jr., a one-time Parks Commissioner and associate of Calvert Vaux (co-designer of Central Park, Prospect Park, and nearby Morningside Park.) Notable for its connection to early American history, St. Nicholas Avenue itself was originally an Indian path named Weekquaeskeek, which served travelers going north to Spuyten Duyvil at the tip of Manhattan. During the American Revolutionary War, the park’s southern edge known as the “Point of Rocks” was a military campground for the Battle of Harlem Heights. The Hamilton Grange National Memorial at West 141st Street and Hamilton Terreace was reopened in 2011 after undergoing substantial renovation. The home of founding father Alexander Hamilton is located in St Nicholas Park at West 141st Street and St Nicholas Avenue in Hamilton Heights.

FITNESS

There’s a New York Sports Clubs on 125th/8th and Planet Fitness is at Lenox/126th. For a more personalized boutique experience, try Keep Moving Fitness on 135th between 7th & 8th Ave. For one of the most beautiful walks in Manhattan, take a stroll down tranquil Convent Avenue (150th Street — 140th Street.) In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, a close study of the buildings along the street reveals high levels of historical significance. The charm of the street is felt in its strong dual identities as a walkable index of many different layers of New York City history and as a vital, active street in a vibrant neighborhood.

There’s a new yogi in town by the name Sarah Rehman. Sarah is the owner at Unity Yoga at 350 St. Nicholas (at 128th). Get this! For $38, you can have 1 month unlimited yoga which includes heated and unheated Vinyasa yoga. Sarah writes, “my goal is to provide a very convenient and stress-free experiance-mats, towels, shampoo, conditioner and blow dryers are all included in the price.” How can you beat that?

ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ARTS

Harlem is renown for its rich music history and many jazz clubs. Harlem Stage is a performing arts center that celebrates the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem and the indelible impression it has made on American culture. In their nearly thirty years, Harlem Stage has hosted legends such as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Bill Cosby, Abbey Lincoln, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente. On October 24, 2006, Harlem Stage opened their new space, The Gatehouse, at the southern end of the City College campus W 133rd Street and Convent Avenue.

Apollo Theater (125th/8th) is one of the oldest and most famous music halls in the United States and was the home of Showtime at the Apollo, a nationally syndicated television variety show. Lenox Lounge (Lenox/125th) was founded in 1939 and served as venue for performances by many great jazz artists, including Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.

The Studio Museum in Harlem (125th/7th) is focused on supporting African American visual, literary, and performing artists through exhibits, artists-inresidence, and a variety of other programs. Slightly farther north is the Harlem Arts Alliance (229 West 135th St.), “an association of cultural organizations and individual artists dedicated to preserve, promote and present the rich cultural legacy and contributions of Harlem in their respective venues.” If you’re interested in documentaries, check out the Maysles Institute on Lenox Ave/127th. Founded by Albert Maysles, who’s over forty documentaries include Grey Garden, Gimme Shelter, and Salesman, the non profit institute is dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action, and also features the only independent cinema north of Lincoln Center. They also offer diverse, year-round programming for youth and adults in Harlem, Northern Manhattan, and South Bronx communities. Or, if you’re looking to get professional shots of yourself for any theatrical dreams you are following, check out local photographer Aleksander Cosic and his studio, CO2 Studio ([email protected]).

Sundae Sermon’s mission is to support the spirit and strengthen the Harlem community by providing a platform to promote environmental, educational and recreational family friendly activities in a healthy, casual communal environment. It seeks to foster and connect fundraising and friend raising efforts of compatible charities and foundations through Musical Performances and Film Screenings. Recent events include Harlem Earth Day, SpringPong, and DJ events throughout Harlem.

SHOPPING

Take a stroll down 125th between 6th and 8th Ave and see that Harlem has your fashion needs covered. There you’ll find large chains such as H&M, Gap, and American Apparel. Venture over to Saint Nicholas Ave and you’ll find a more small shops, such as Nicole’s Boutique.

where to eat/drink

SOUL FOOD/CARIBBEAN/BARBEQUE

Vying for the title of best comfort food, North Harlem is home to the legendary Sylvia’s (126th/Lenox). Founder Sylvia Woods, the “Queen of Soulfood,” has owned the world famous restaurant since 1962 — they also cater, and there’s even a line of products if you want to have Syvia’s in your own home. People’s Choice (145th/8th) is the authentic local stop for all your Caribbean cravings including beef patties and oxtail soup. Don’t forget to stop at the ATM — this slice of the Caribbean in Harlem is cash only. Tucked near the Hudson River on 125th St. you’ll find the most delicious and authentic BBQ food in Harlem at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Make a reservation, plan to wait — it is worth it!

ASIAN FARE

In the mood for a Chinese feast like no other? Check out The Handpulled Noodle (Broadway/148th) where every noodle is made to order and perfection!

BEER GARDENS/BARS/LOUNGES

If you’re over on Lenox Ave, stop in at Corner Social at 126th and enjoy one of their cocktails on their sidewalk cafe. Shrine Bar, on 134th/7th and owned by the propierters of Yatenga, is a multimedia arts and culture venue founded in 2007 by musicians and music lovers. They are dedicated to art and culture in all mediums: film, theater, dance, and live music. Bill’s Place (133rd between Lenox and Seventh Avenues) is tucked away on a residential block and offers a touted authentic evening of Harlem Jazz for a modest cover of $20 (cash only.) Bill’s Place is BYOB, so bring along a bottle of your drink of choice to enjoy the evening. For an eclectic collection of craft brews, head over to The Hogshead on 143rd and Hamilton Place.

COFFEE/BAKED GOODS

Coffee snob? Visit Lenox Coffee (129th/Lenox) for an uber-fresh pour over or The Chipped Cup (148th/Broadway) for their featured house brew. There’s also Astor Row Cafe (130th/Lenox), which serves local Irving Farms coffee. For pasteries with a Southern flare, try Sweet Chef Southern Style Bakery (143rd/Hamilton Pl). For a delectable dessert, try a homemade cupcake from Make My Cake on 139th/7th.

transportation

The ABCD Trains all stop at 125th St and Saint Nicholas Ave, and the B,C Trains run local and stop at 116th and Fredrick Douglas, and also 110th and Central Park West. The 2,3 Trains stop at 110th St and Lenox, 116th and Lenox, 125th and Lenox, and 135th and Lenox. The 3 Train continues north to 145th and Lenox, and its last stop is at 148th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. The 2 Train then heads into the Bronx.

 

 

BELOW 125th STREET:

neighborhood

South Harlem is one of the fastest growing areas of Manhattan. New stores, new developments, and a general overhaul of the neighborhood has helped 10026 become the new, niche neighborhood to call home. In fact, Curbed Magazine deemed Soha’s Frederick Douglass Boulevard “Neighborhood of the Year” in 2010.

what to do

GROCERY SHOPPING

If you’d rather dine at home, there’s Central Market (110th/8th) and Best Yet Market (118th/8th), which has freshly made pizza, smoothies, deli sandwiches, and sushi, and a large selection of craft brews. Organic Forever (112th/8th), has all your health food needs and a great bulk section. For grass-fed, organic meats, stop in at Harlem Shambles (8th/116th), where you’ll find your basic cuts and some more adventurous offerings like marrow bones, beef heart, and tongue.

GROG SHOPS

Harlem Vintage (8th/120th) and The Winery (116/8th) are boutique wine and spirits shops with helpful staff. Harlem Vintage features tastings every Saturday.

NAIL SALONS

When it’s time for a mani/pedi, or a just quick chair massage, check out CoCo Young Nail (8th/113th), Polished Finger Tips (8th/118th), and Z Nails (116/8th).

BOUTIQUES

For stylish clothing and accessories at affordable prices, drop by Bebe Noir (8th/117th). SWING: A Concept Shop (7th/118th) features an adeptly curated selection of apparel, home decor, beauty products, art, and music.

Like to bike? You’ll definitely like ModSquad (8th/114th), which, in addition to bike sales, offers bike maintenance and rentals.

Harlem has your floral needs covered with Harlem Flo (8th/123rd), and Franz James Floral Boutique (8th/114th). Both boutiques offer artfully crafted arrangements that make perfect gifts.

ENTERTAINMENT & THE ARTS

Harlem is renown for its rich music history and many jazz clubs. Apollo Theater (125th/8th) is one of the oldest and most famous music halls in the United States and was the home of Showtime at the Apollo, a nationally syndicated television variety show. Lenox Lounge (Lenox/125th) was founded in 1939 and served as venue for performances by many great jazz artists, including Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.

The Studio Museum in Harlem (125th/7th) is focused on supporting African American visual, literary, and performing artists through exhibits, artists-in-residence, and a variety of other programs.

FOR PET OWNERS

For some pampered doggy day care, check out Paws Country Club (113th/8th) where pooches get to hang out together and frolic at nearby Morningside Park. If Fido is sick or just needs his annual checkup, head to Uptown Veterinary Associates (112th/Frederick Douglass).

PARKS

As if living three blocks from Central Park wasn’t enough, you’re also a stone’s throw from Morningside Park. Built on a steep incline, this park features multiple playgrounds nestled at the bottom of its cliff-like hillside. Winding paths bordered with flowers and trees lead to a cascading waterfall, across from which local teams play on baseball fields. Parents bring their children to play and learn in the park’s after-school program, and on Saturdays local farmers sell their goods in an outdoor market. Essentially, Eden.

The northern part of Central Park is arguably the most fantastic. The North Woods at the Ravine are the dense woodlands covering the northwest quadrant of Central Park from 101st to 110th Street. This reserve, with a wide variety of trees and shrubs, features a variety of bird species and is a haven and cherished retreat for naturalists. The north park also features Lasker Pool, a free public pool, which is transformed to an ice skating rink in the colder months.

Marcus Garvey Park (or Mount Morris Park) is bounded by 120th & 124th streets, just west of 5th Avenue. This oasis features a public pool, farmer’s market, and amphitheater.

FITNESS / WELL BEING

There are two New York Sports Clubs in South Harlem – 125th/8th and 115th/5th. For a more personalized workout, Brownstone Fitness (118/7th Ave) is located within a brownstone and has trainers on hand for sessions up to 7 days a week. A family-run personal training studio, they provide clients with functional fitness training to meet goals that can include fat loss, improved health, and better sports performance. Similarly, EG Bodywork (118th/8th), a body and nutritional health coaching service located out of Polished Fingertips, develops individualized programs designed to “enhance your health, improve the wellness choices of your family, or strengthen the morale and productivity at your company.” If yoga is more your style, check out the Ashtanga-style Land Yoga (8th/114th) or Bikram Yoga East Harlem (116th/5th).

HOSPITALITY

New addition to the area and a division of the W, Aloft Hotel is the first hotel in Harlem after over 40 years. Aloft Harlem features loft-inspired design and style at a steal, and is a great place to grab a drink as well.

where to eat/drink

CAFES

South Harlem features a number of wi-fi friendly coffee shops where you can bring your laptop to read the weekend Times. Il Cafe Latte (119th/Lenox), offers a full brunch, lunch, and dinner menu. Cafe Amrita (110th/8th) becomes a cozy bar after dusk. Patisserie Des Ambassades (119th/8th) serves up delectable fresh pastries and tasty meals with Senegalese influence. And if you’re really desperate for a decaf double mocha with a rice krispy treat, there’s a Starbucks on 8th Avenue at 117th street.

Head over to Manhattan Valley and you’ll find Zanny’s Cafe (109th/Columbus), a neighborhood standby with killer hot chocolate and sammies. Coffee snob? Visit Joe Coffee on W. 120th & Broadway in Morningside for an uber-fresh pourover or Double Dutch Espresso on 8th Ave & 119th St. If you’re looking for a cozy retreat, Max Caffe on Amsterdam & 122nd is a favorite hangout.

BAKERIES

For a delectable dessert, try a homemade cupcake from Make My Cake on 116th/7th, (recently featured on the Food Network), a cookie the size of your fist from Levain Bakery on 8th/117th (Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in NYC according to the Daily News), or the most amazing rugelach you’ll ever eat from Lee Lees Baked Goods on 118th/8th.

SOUL FOOD & BARBECUE

Have a hankering for chicken and waffles or buffalo wings with nuclear hot sauce? There are several area restaurants where you can get your fix. For something cheap and quick, stop by Atomic Wings (113th/8th) where the hot sauce comes in hot, abusive, nuclear, and suicidal. And don’t forget to make the trek over to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q (125th/12th Ave) where the donkey punch will kick your ass.

Vying for the title of best soul food, South Harlem is home to the legendary Sylvia’s (126th/Lenox) and Amy Ruth’s (116th/Lenox) where you can order up the “Rev. Al Sharpton” (fried or smothered chicken and waffles) or the “Stan Hoffman & Lu Willard” (BBQ spare ribs). Red Rooster on 125th and Lenox features soul food by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit and Food Networks’ Chopped.

There is also Melba’s (114th/8th) and Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too (110th/Columbus) where celebrities like Angela Bassett, Mike Tyson, and Bill Clinton have dined.

ITALIAN / MEDITERRANEAN

Looking for a hearty bowl of pasta or a slice? Harlem has you covered. Lido (117th/8th) has delicious fare in an elegant setting. Stop in for their happy hour drink specials and outdoor seating. Settepani (Lenox/120th) also features outdoor seating and upscale Mediterranean fare. Try Vinateria (119th/8th) for a seasonal menu of Italian and Spanish fare. Max Soha (Amsterdam/123rd) serves up very reasonably priced classics for lunch and dinner. For a solid old-school pizza pie, order delivery from Giovanni’s (110th/Columbus).

ASIAN FARE

“Destination-worthy” Jin Ramen (Broadway/125th) rivals Ippudo with its perfectly textured ramen noodles and delicious broths. In the mood for smoking onion volcanoes and flying vegetables? Nikko (Amsterdam/123rd) features hibachi, sushi, and other Japanese fare. For a solid Chinese food delivery option, try Peking Kitchen II (8th/117th). Thai Market (Amsterdam/107th) and Wondee Siam V (Amsterdam/107th) are two great Thai food options, both for delivery and eating in.

BEER GARDENS/BARS/LOUNGES

There are plenty of bars along 8th Avenue including the always packed Bier on 113th featuring international beer and food, Moca Lounge on 119th, and 67 Orange (a speakeasy) on 113th. There is also Harlem Tavern, an outdoor beer garden on the corner of 116th with jazz brunches, Lobster Tuesdays and Karaoke Mondays. These bars also feature small plates, if not full menus. For comfort food & cocktail options in a petite bistro, head over to Harlem Food Bar on 114th. For beer, spirits and bites- check out Mess Hall on 118th.

BAKERIES

For a delectable dessert, try a homemade cupcake from Make My Cake on 116th/7th, (recently featured on the Food Network), a cookie the size of your fist from Levain Bakery on 8th/117th (Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in NYC according to the Daily News), or the most amazing rugelach you’ll ever eat from Lee Lees Baked Goods on 118th/8th.

OTHER NOTABLE RESTAURANTS

Cedric French Bistro (St. Nicholas/119th) serves French classics (roast duck breast) and twists (Thai-style mussels with ginger and lemongrass). On 113th and 8th is Zoma, described by the New York Observer as “the city’s most elegant Ethiopian eatery.” 5 & Diamond (8th/113th) features American meals with Mediterranean undertones. For homemade Mexican cuisine, visit Lolita’s (113th/Lenox). You can enjoy French fare at Chez Lucienne’s sidewalk cafe (126th/Lenox), or Yatenga French Bistro and Bar, on 7th Ave at 133rd St., which has garnered rave reviews from yelp like, “a perfect mellow little spot for a weeknight dinner or happy hour.” If you can’t quite decide what you’re in the mood for, head over to fun and funky Kitchenette (Amsterdam/123rd), which has polka-dot painted tables made of old doors and offers a little bit of everything. Crepes on Columbus (Columbus/109th) is a good choice for brunch and if you can’t decide between a sweet or savory crepe, just get both!

transportation

The ABCD Trains all stop at 125th St and Saint Nicholas Ave, and the B,C Trains run local and stop at 116th and Fredrick Douglas, and also 110th and Central Park West. The 2,3 Trains stop at 110th St and Lenox, 116th and Lenox, 125th and Lenox, and 135th and Lenox. The 3 Train continues north to 145th and Lenox, and its last stop is at 148th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. The 2 Train then heads into the Bronx.

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