Cheap Hotels in Harlem New York What to see: Many of Harlem’s top sights are linked to the Harlem Renaissance, an early 20th-century cultural revival that spawned such must-visits as the Apollo Theater, one of NYC’s prime music, comedy and performing arts venues. The National Black Theater and the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture commemorate the area’s vast African American influence, while other fascinating venues include the Museo del Barrio (in Spanish Harlem), the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of the City of New York.
The vibe: Harlem is particularly known for its brownstone buildings, of which Strivers’ Row, in the Hamilton Heights part of Harlem, is a particularly iconic example. Wherever you go in Harlem, you’re sure to find great ethnic eats, lovely green pockets, trendy art studios, plus jazz bars (including the famous Lenox Lounge) and gospel brunch joints attesting to Harlem’s fabled musical heritage.
Practicalities: The north-eastern edge of Central Park directly adjoins Harlem, making it perfect for strolling into Midtown Manhattan. Subway lines centre around 125th, 116th, 135th and 145th Streets, with the A and D express trains the fastest way to reach downtown.
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