Why Harlem Is New York’s Most Culturally Rich Neighborhood

Insider tips

Harlem is full of markets. Visit Malcolm Shabazz Harlem’s daily market, which sells clothing, instruments, and other wares from across Africa. On Saturdays there is a farmers market in the Morningside Park hiker. Or, on the second Thursday of the month (April through November), visit the Uptown Night Market, a hip foodie event in West Harlem with over 50 vendors.

Want to see jazz like the people of Harlem do? Along with established venues like Minton’s Playhouse and Bill’s Place, check out the traveling Jazzmobile, which hosts pop-up events throughout the area.

Red Rooster, Sylvia’s and Charles Pan-Fried Chicken are the names that get the most attention, but Harlem locals also note Famous Fish Market, a family business on St Nicholas Avenue since 1974. It does exactly what it says on the box. : fried fish sandwiches, crispy shrimps and fries.

Getting there and getting around

Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic offer direct flights to JFK in New York from UK terminals including Edinburgh, Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester.

Average flight time: 8 hours.

Harlem is easy to navigate on foot. It’s easily accessible from other parts of Manhattan using the subway system, which you can pay with a contactless credit card. If you are coming from downtown, express trains stop at 125th Street and 145th Street.

when should we go

There’s no bad season to visit New York, but from late spring to early fall you’ll see Harlem come alive – its parks are lush and there’s plenty of al fresco dining and festivities. outdoors (especially on June 19, celebrated on June 19). July and August can be very hot in the city, with average temperatures of 26°C which can make exploring a bit overwhelming, while in winter temperatures can drop below freezing.

Where to stay

Up Harlem. From £128, bed and breakfast.

The Flophouse in Harlem. From £209 for two nights, room only.

More information

NYC The Official Guide. nycgo.com

Harlem mix by Colson Whitehead. MSRP: £16.99

How to do

America As You Like It offers seven nights at Aloft Harlem, B&B, from £1,653 pp including return flights.

Published in the October 2022 issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK)

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