Historically synonymous with African-American culture since the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s, in recent years this neighborhood has undergone a great socioeconomic transformation. Today’s Harlem remains a vibrant artistic hub with a truly diverse population; lifelong residents and newcomers alike thrive in the close-knit community, with Harlem’s rich heritage still keenly felt alongside constant innovation.
Its live/work/play environment has drawn families and first-time home buyers. The 400-plus churches in Harlem, many of them on the register of historic places, and the proximity to Central Park – Harlem abuts the northern edge – are other enticements.
A local ‘culinary renaissance’ is also taking place, with sworn downtown tastemakers venturing to Harlem’s many new notable restaurants and nightlife spots.
This legendary music hall on 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard has been a landmark since the beginning of the 20th century, with over a million visitors a year. Greats such as Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, and Dave Brubeck have graced the Apollo’s stage, and its variety show ‘Amateur Night at the Apollo’ has long been a draw for enthusiastic audiences.The Apollo Theater
Located on Lenox Avenue between 126th and 127th streets, this soul food restaurant has been a staple since 1962 and fed many a celebrity and dignitary, including President Obama.Sylvia's Restaurant
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson put Harlem’s restaurant scene on the map with the Red Rooster, combining his elegant take on comfort food with influences from his Ethiopian/Swedish heritage.Red Rooster
Right below Red Rooster, the night continues at Ginny’s, a modern speakeasy influenced by Harlem’s 1920’s heyday. Ginny’s hosts swinging jazz-filled evenings - and equally raucous post-church brunches.Ginny's Supper Club