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New Harlem apartments in high-rise buildings; restored Harlem brownstones to rent or buy; contemporary Harlem condos for sale: all are part of what some are calling the second Harlem Renaissance. This explosion of interest in Harlem apartments is fueled by an influx of commercial development in the area, a huge drop in crime city-wide, and Manhattan’s always-rising real estate market that forever sends people looking for a more affordable place to live. Now, Harlem has become a hotbed for rental market, and NY apartment buyers and renters can find affordable and convenient housing in Upper Manhattan. Harlem's variety of living options include studios to three-bedroom condos, co-ops to luxury lofts, and often with all of today's most sought-after amenities, from health clubs to roof gardens. Neighborhood boundaries have changed over time, especially to the south, but these days most would say that East Harlem begins at 96th Street, Central Harlem at 110th Street, and West Harlem at 125th Street, extending west to east from the Hudson to the East Rivers, and running north until 155th Street. Established in 1658 by the Dutch, Nieuw Haarlem was mostly farmland until the construction of elevated rail lines. By the early 1890’s, Harlem had become citified- a desirable residential area with upscale stores, a symphony hall, and a yacht club. In the 1920s and '30’s arts and culture flourished in Harlem, which then became known as the Capital of Jazz. Besides the neighborhood's long romance with music, it was also a center for emerging writers and artists who found their voice in Harlem. Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Langston Hughes, and Lena Horne are among many who made their debuts here. Culture and entertainment are still a major part of the appeal of living in this thriving community. Residents of Harlem apartments can enjoy Marcus Garvey Park, twenty acres of playgrounds, swimming pools, and venues for play and concerts. Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater, once known for its big-name acts, is now a venue for live entertainment including new talent on amateur nights. The Studio Museum has an impressive permanent collection and holds shows of contemporary art by artists of African descent. Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market (partly open and partly covered) at 116th Street features an array of traditional African art, craft, jewelry, and many ethnic foods for those lucky enough to be living in this vibrant, bustling, and famous neighborhood. Harlem is rich in history but very much a part of modern Manhattan today.

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  • A. Philip Randolph Campus Hs
  • Bread & Roses Integrated Arts
  • Frederick Douglass Acad
  • Is 10 Frederick Douglas Acad
  • Is 136 Thurgood Marshall Is
  • Is 88 Wadleigh Is
  • Jhs 275 Henry Highland Garnet
  • Ps 113
  • Ps 123 Mahalia Jackson School
  • Ps 144 Hans Christian Anderson
  • Ps 149 Sojourner Truth Es
  • Ps 153 Adam Clayton Powell Sch
  • Ps 162
  • Ps 175 Henry Highland Garnet S
  • Ps 176 W Hayward Burns School
  • Ps 185 J. Mercer Langston Scho
  • Ps 194 Countee Cullen School
  • Ps 200 James Mccune Smith Scho
  • Ps 207 Norbert Rilleux School
  • Ps 208 Alaine L. Locke School
  • Ps 28 Wright Brothers School
  • Ps 76 St Nicholas School
  • Ps 92 Mary M. Bethune School
  • Wadleigh Secondary School


  • 132 St Block Association Park
  • Abyssinian Tot Lot
  • Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Malls
  • A Philip Randolph Square
  • Bill Bojangles Robinson Playground
  • Bradhurst Ave Garden
  • Bradhurst Urban Renewal Park
  • Broadway Malls
  • Carmansville Playground
  • Collyer Brothers Park
  • Colonel Charles Young Triangle
  • Col. Young Playground
  • Convent Garden
  • Courtney Callender Playground
  • Donnellan Square
  • Dorrance Brooks Square
  • Edgecombe Park
  • Elizabeth Langley Memorial Garden
  • Frederick Johnson Playground
  • Fred Samuel Playground
  • Garden
  • Hansborough Recreation Center
  • Harlem Lane Playground
  • Harris Garden
  • Howard Bennett Playground
  • Jackie Robinson Park
  • Joseph Daniel Wilson Garden
  • Margrichante Garden
  • Martin Luther King Playground
  • New 123Rd St Block Association Garden
  • Our Little Green Acre/garden Eight
  • Parks Council Success Garden
  • P.s. 76 Garden
  • Recreational Area
  • Renaissance Playground
  • Rev. Linnette C Williamson Memorial Park
  • Samuel Marx Triangle
  • St. Nicholas Playground North
  • St. Nicholas Playground South
  • Sugar Hill Garden
  • Truce Garden
  • United Block Association Garden
  • Unity Gardens
  • W 124Th Street Community Garden
  • William Mccray Playground

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