The neighborhoods of Harlem and East Harlem stretch across Manhattan above Central Park, each offering a distinctive residential feel and rich cultural heritage.
Central Harlem extends from Central Park to 155th Street, between St. Nicholas and Fifth avenues. The birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance - a watershed moment in black culture, literature, music and art - the area is undergoing a new renaissance of sorts. Today's revival is bolstered largely by thriving retail development along the 125th Street corridor and a phenomenal restaurant scene that's often heralded as the best in the city. This slice of Upper Manhattan includes a number of beautifully restored townhomes (and many more awaiting their second act), large pre-war apartment houses and a growing quantity of new luxury developments and conversions.
East Harlem - bordered by 96th Street to the south, Fifth Avenue to the west and the Harlem River to the north and east - is one of Manhattan's last relatively affordable neighborhoods. Once known as Spanish Harlem due to its large Latino population, today's East Harlem is a rich multicultural tapestry of Italian, Asian and African-American influences. While commercial development took a giant leap forward with the 2010 opening of Manhattan's first Costco and Target stores on 117th Street, the area's housing is largely renter-occupied and composed of older pre-war buildings and row houses interspersed with a handful of new developments and luxury buildings near the neighborhood's parks. East Harlem is clearly in the midst of renewal and was placed among city's four "next hot neighborhoods" by the New York Times .
Upper Central Park encompasses some of the most beautiful, and least crowded, features of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's masterpiece including the secluded North Woods and serene Harlem Meer .
The 100-year old Apollo Theater is a bastion of black arts, culture and community programming in New York City.
At Marcus Garvey Park , residents enjoy a city oasis offering playgrounds, a swimming pool, ball fields, courts and expansive rec center.
Wards Island Bridge provides Manhattanites easy pedestrian and bike access to the massive open spaces of Randall's-Wards Island, its many premier sports facilities and stunning views of the city.