Known for the famous Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the neighborhood is still a hub for intellectualism and arctic expression over a century after the famous cultural revival.

Welcome to Harlem

A historic community with vibrant energy and an urban feel

Harlem is one of the most buzzing and hip neighborhoods in all of New York City. Known for the famous Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the neighborhood is still a hub for intellectualism and arctic expression over a century after the famous cultural revival. Live music venues, coffee shops, and historic sites are scattered in the uptown neighborhood. With easy access to lower Manhattan via public transit, Harlem is a popular spot for commuters and a great choice for anyone who wants to explore all that New York City has to offer.

What to Love

  • Thriving music scene
  • Historic buildings provide a timeless atmosphere
  • Fewer tourists and a strong sense of community

Local Lifestyle

Artists, business professionals, and families who call Harlem home enjoy the hip bars, incredible music scene, and trendy coffee shops that make up the neighborhood. With a diverse set of real estate options, Harlem is a place where many different types of lifestyles coexist. This diversity fuels the strong sense of community and reverence for the neighborhood’s rich history. Many festivals celebrate art and Harlem’s history, providing ways for residents to get involved in the local community. The many parks in Harlem allow residents to stay active, enjoy amphitheater events, and meet up for pick-up games. With a wide variety of bars, cultural attractions, and calm, tree-lined enclaves, Harlem is a highly desirable neighborhood that caters to diverse real estate clientele.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Soul-food lovers will love Harlem. For comfort food and a warm and inviting atmosphere, go to Melba’s. Owner Melba Wilson is a lifelong Harlem resident whose namesake restaurant serves fried chicken, waffles, and catfish. For a different flavor of soul food, check out BLVD Bistro. The new restaurant is becoming famous for its homemade biscuits. 
Celebrities and Presidents travel to Harlem to eat at Sylvia’s Restaurant, a beloved family-owned restaurant in business for over sixty years. A local favorite is Clay, an upscale restaurant that is known for its duck confit and vegan burgers. 
A popular spot for live music is Paris Blues Jazz Club, the oldest jazz music venue in Harlem. Another hotspot for jazz music is found at Minton’s, with live music Wednesday through Sunday, and they serve delicious classic dishes. 

As for shopping in Harlem, take a stroll down 125th Street, the shopping hub of Harlem. Carol’s Daughter is a boutique that sells hair, beauty, and skin-care products. Another locally owned store is Grandma’s Place, the one-stop shop for gifts and toys for children, ranging from baby dolls to the latest young adult books. Anyone with a green thumb will adore Mushtari, a home, hardware, and garden store that sells plants, gardening tools, and other household essentials.

Things to Do

Harlem offers exceptional cultural and recreational opportunities. A beacon in the history of jazz music, Harlem is home to the National Jazz Museum, where visitors can learn about the prolific artists who once called Harlem home. 
A staple of the community, the Apollo Theater is a performing arts venue that hosts comedy shows, music performances, social justice talks, and other events. 
Harlem residents flock to Marcus Garvey Park to enjoy playgrounds, fields, and walking paths. The famous Harlem Fire Watchtower is a feature of the park. To experience the essence of Harlem, go to Strivers’ Row, where you will hear artists such as Tupac, Fletcher Henderson, and Bill “Bojangles'' Robinson. 

The historic district hosts seasonal public events. For family-friendly fun, the interactive studio labs and educational exhibits at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling are sure to please.


Harlem is served by Unified School District.


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