Of all the places to see in Manhattan, Harlem has the most diverse history and culture. Since it is the largest neighborhood in Manhattan, it’s useful to have a list of the best places to see in Harlem.
Harlem was originally home to New Yorkers who wanted to escape the crowded downtown streets. Among these New Yorkers were George Washington, who briefly occupied the Morris-Jumel Mansion, and Alexander Hamilton, who moved uptown after the death of his son. You can visit both the Morris-Jumel Mansion(opens in a new tab) and the Hamilton Grange(opens in a new tab), two of the most interesting historical places to see in New York.
Harlem is famous its role in both the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture(opens in a new tab) which, in addition to presenting public programming that advances knowledge of the black experience, has what many would consider the most important collection of Afrocentric artifacts of any library in the United States.
Harlem is the city’s epicenter of soul food, so bring an appetite! For traditional soul food, visit Sylvia’s(opens in a new tab), and order their chicken and waffles. For soul food with a twist, check out Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant The Rooster. For seafood, head over to Lolo’s Seafood Shack! Most importantly, for dessert, visit the Sugar Hill Creamery. It may be the best ice cream in the city!
Harlem has always been a haven for artists and entertainers.
Harlem’s most famous music destination is The Apollo(opens in a new tab). This iconic stage has seen entertainers ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Michael Jackson, and still hosts their famous Amateur Night. Make sure to check out one of their daily tours.
Harlem is also famous for jazz. Visit Bill’s Place to hear some of the city’s best musicians, and enjoy “jazz brunch” at Minton’s.
For theatre lovers, The Classical Theatre of Harlem and Harlem Repertory Theatre present shows rivaling anything on Broadway!
The best way to learn about Harlem’s rich culture is to book a tour! Fill out the form below to book yours today.