at a Glance:
by the Dutch in early colonial days, Harlem remained for
centuries a sleepy Manhattan suburb.
The neighborhood was later transformed into a 19th century
Irish and Italian immigrant community before black entrepreneur
Philip Payton, Jr. single-handedly transformed the neighborhood
into a black enclave beginning in 1904.
decades a symbol of America's urban blight, Harlem continues
to undergo a major building boom first begun in the 1990's
as major retail chains like Starbucks and Ben & Jerry's
Ice Cream opened their doors for the first time on 125th
Street, luring young college students & urban professionals
moving into the area.
and walking tours of the neighborhood are highly popular
with both American and European tourists featuring major
stops at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, The Studio Museum
in Harlem, Columbia University, Sylvia's Restaurant, the
Apollo Theater and Abyssinian Baptist Church.
to get to Harlem by subway:
Metro North from Grand Central to 125th Street; IRT 4 or
5 express or 6 local to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue;
A, B, C, D, 2 or 3 train to West 125th Street.
about Harlem around the Web: