Welcome to harlem
About the hood
Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday, Leroy “Nicky” Barnes and even Alexander Hamilton were either long time residents or were born in Harlem. Many famous greats and gangsters from all walks of life made their mark in the northern part of Manhattan, where the people talk fast, the fashion is a little different and the Black roots are undeniable.
The neighborhood extends from the Hudson River to the East River and from 110th to 155th. Harlem is as diverse as New York ever has been with people from all over the world populating this small space, stacked in high rise buildings and brownstones. But Harlem is probably most famous for its bustling Black and Brown communities, its hustlers and art culture.
Visiting Harlem is an experience from the beginning. You've got the famous Apollo Theatre, Red Rooster (they say it's only good for the drinks), the Masjid Malcolm Shabazz, formerly known as Mosque No. 7, Rucker Park, El Museo del Barrio and the Crack is Wack Playground give residents and visitors a nutritious mix of culture and history.
Like many cool and reputationally unsavory places around the country, Harlem is also experiences some doses of gentrification. The housing prices have risen astronomically and there's a Whole Foods on 125th St. We're not saying that this an inherent problem. Just stating the facts. Regardless, this borough is one of the most fulfilling spots one can visit in New York City. The food options are endless, the entertainment is plentiful and the culture of Harlem is intoxicating.