A haven for artists and musicians, Harlem is an icon of African-American culture and one of the city’s most energetic areas
In the early 1900s, Harlem was the source of such an incredible output of artistic and intellectual creativity that this period of New York’s history was dubbed the Harlem Renaissance. From the ashes of poverty and discrimination, some of the world’s most influential cultural figures were born, and it is this legacy upon which the neighborhood’s rich heritage is founded. Make your home here, and discover an area that has inspired generations of people from all walks of life.
Immerse yourself in the chaos of 125th Street, where vendors and buskers line the sidewalks, and historic 19th-century brownstones stand alongside shiny new developments. Experience Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, a Harlem landmark whose stage hosted the likes of Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald before they were famous. Browse for bargains in the boutiques of Frederick Douglass Boulevard, or be transported around the world by the sounds and smells of 116th Street’s Senegalese district.
Nowhere are Harlem’s roots more apparent than in its many bars and restaurants. Experience Gospel Sundays at Sylvia’s Restaurant, where Southern soul food is complemented by the harmonies of a live church choir. In Harlem, food, art, music and dance are all expressions of the same thing - a passion for life lived outside the restraints of normal society. When you’ve listened to live jazz in your local restaurant, and shared free food at your favourite jazz bar, you’ll have experienced the magic that makes Harlem unique.