Harlem is located in Upper Manhattan, and stretches from the Hudson River to 5th Avenue and between 155th Avenue to an uneven border along the south. After decades of inactivity, Harlem turned into a dynamic and attractive neighborhood where new residential development flourished. Beautiful properties, like the famous Brownstones, have been built in Marcus Garvey Park area and attract members from the New York Bourgeoisie. The highs and lows of Harlem life, in particular many of the tougher decades following the Harlem Renaissance when very little development took place and the economy stagnated, have ironically contributed to the historic value of the neighborhood.
Many of Manhattan’s finest and most elegant homes can be found in several districts of Harlem, including the Hamilton Grange area, the Mount Morris district, and Strivers Row.
Harlem is currently experiencing a gourmet renaissance with new dining hotspots popping up uptown around Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
The Apollo Theater opened on 125th Street on January 26th, 1934 in a former burlesque house. In its early 20th century heyday, Harlem was home to legendary jazz clubs, such the Apollo Theater, Minton’s Playhouse, the Renaissance Ballroom, the Cotton Club and the Savoy.
The revitalization of 125th Street continued in the late 90’s, with the construction of a Starbucks outlet in 1999, the first supermarket in Harlem in 30 years, the USA retail complex in 2000, and a new home for the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001. It was that same year when president Bill Clinton moved into office space in Harlem.
Harlem is served by 1,2 and 3 trains.