South Harlem Neighborhood Guide

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Photo Credit: Compass

Overview

South Harlem is a neighborhood in the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The area stretches from Central Park North to West 125th Street, and from Morningside Park to Fifth Avenue. Since New York City's revival in the late 20th century, the neighborhood has been experiencing the effects of gentrification and new capital. Great location and proximity to Morningside and Central Parks, as well as to the Columbia University, attracts new construction, new restaurant openings, and bars. Last year a Whole Foods opened on one of the area's most iconic corners: 125th Street and Lenox Avenue.

Photo credit: Compass

Photo credit: Compass

South Harlem is also home to a thriving cultural scene, which brings a constant vibrancy and excitement to the neighborhood. The area has a community-oriented atmosphere defined by music, food and cultural events. In South Harlem you'll find a quiet residential scene in the midst of a bustling culture hub.

Places to Visit

Professionals are fans of Harlem’s energy and cultural crossroads status. Sleek cafe patios, historically named scenic plazas, art galleries, and ethnic markets represent a refreshing collision of old and new.

Historic Apollo Theater was designed by George Keister in the neo-classical style. This music hall is a noted venue for African-American performers. It launched the careers of celebrities like James Brown and Jacksons. In 1983, both the interior and exterior of the building were designated as New York City Landmarks. Over one million people visit the Apollo theater every year.

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Photo Credit: Compass

Just blocks from the area’s treasured Morningside and Central Parks you will find New York City’s Harlem Tavern - a neighborhood bar, restaurant and beer garden. This place has is a warm and inviting atmospher.

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Photo Credit: Compass

Co-Creators of Red Rooster, Andrew Chapman and Marcus Samuelsson, have long had a desire to open a restaurant that "would have a positive impact on the neighborhood’s culinary landscape and its community at-large". At Red Rooster they share the story of Harlem with the guests, and offer a platform to honor local artists, musicians and culinary talents. 

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Photo Credit: Compass

According to Foursquare, Levain Bakery is "the best bakery in New York". The place sells a variety of baked good, but they are best known for their hamburger patty-sized cookies. 

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Photo Credit: Compass

Other popular area's dining options include food icons like Sylvia’s, Row House, Harlem Burger and Vinateria.

 photo credit:  ENSPIRE Magazine

 photo credit: ENSPIRE Magazine

4th Annual Harlem EatUp! Festival is taking place on May 14th-21st. This week-long festival is celebrating the food, art, and culture of the dynamic village of Harlem. This event features culinary collaborations between Harlem’s best chefs and restaurants with some of the biggest nationally acclaimed guest chefs. The festival takes place in a few locations, including The Harlem Stroll in Morningside Park, where guests enjoy foods from local restaurants and food makers, watching EatUp! Main Stage cooking demonstrations with national chefs, and celebrating Harlem with art and live music.

Real Estate Market

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Photo Credit: Compass

The Compass website recently showed 105 properties listed for sale, ranging from $250,000 for a studio co-op in a prewar building to $8,495,000 for a 5-bedroom condo in Circa - new development condominium offering unobstructed panoramic views of Central Park.

257 WEST 117th STREET, unit 2D  |  2 bed /2 bath condo in South Harlem, listed at $1.149 million

257 WEST 117th STREET, unit 2D |  2 bed /2 bath condo in South Harlem, listed at $1.149 million

According to data compiled by the Compass Market App, in the first quarter of this year 111 properties were sold for the median price of $1,145,000. The median price for sq.ft. was $1,068, which is +10.1% compared to the first quarter of last year. 

As for rentals, prices for a studio start at $2,000 a month; one-bedrooms from $2,200; two-bedrooms start from $2,500. Three-bedrooms start from $3,900.