Potential guests often ask the following questions:
Harlem is currently one of Manhattan's hottest real estate locations. $2 million homes, $3000/month rent. The Mount Morris Historic district is one of the most architecturally
attractive parts of Harlem. Bordering on
Marcus Garvey Park, most of the buildings were constructed in the late 19th Century as one-family residences for wealthy merchants.
Currently there is extensive renovation and construction as the area undergoes an economic revival, as evidenced by scores of newly rehabbed homes. Harlem is residential, so there is much less hustle and bustle than the rest of Manhattan.
How far away from Manhattan are you?
We are in Manhattan. Most maps of Manhattan only show up to 96th Street. Manhattan extends to 210th Street. Harlem is the area just north of Central Park.
Is it easy to get to the major sites in Manhattan?
The express train is a few minutes away. There are also many buses, and you can walk to places like Museum of the City of New York and Central Park. We are no more than half an hour away from most major attractions. Times Square is only 15 minutes by subway.
In the neighbourhood:
Xukuma means life the way you want it to be. This is Harlem's groovy store, which sells accessories, candles, jewelry, t-shirts, and Harlem stuff. Everything is hand-picked by the owner who travels all over the world to ensure that the store is stocked with many one-of-kind items. The idea is hopefully you won't find most things anywhere else. In the spring and fall there is free jazz. This store is the funkiest store in Harlem and sells the best women's t-shirts and journals, which are designed by them. Think 70s, groovy and Afros.....
Xukuma is located at 11 East 125th Street
Harlem Underground: Tons of men's T-shirts, located on 125th Street, between 5th Ave and Madison Ave (south side of street).
Settepani Bakery: When you step into this bakery/cafe, you'll think you walked in from the streets of Milan. As well as standard bakery fare, i.e. fresh bread, italian pastries, and exotic mousses, you can also find a light lunch and dinner. They are located at 196 Lenox Avenue (at 120th St).
Native:Soul food fusion. Great for dinner. Open for lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends.
Melbas:Soul food. Excellent! Reservations needed on the weekends. Very trendy. Closed Mondays.
Businesses we like:
Good Old Days Pictures: Excellent refinisher of your old pictures that have been lying around in your drawers/boxes.
For further shopping adventures visit 125th Street. There are tons of discount shops with delightful fashions to tempt you. For authentic soul food, stop at M&G Diner: 383 West 125th Street.
For more information about Harlem, here are a few sites to check out:
and Harlem Heritage Tours Harlem Jazz Walks - a bargain at $15/person. Coming soon www.shopharlem.com
Please feel free to contact us
for more information.