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Average price in Harlem:$177/night
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Most expensive day:Sunday
$151 - $202
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$162 - $200
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West 119th B&B
West 119th B&B
9.4 Excellent
115 West 119th Street 1, New York, NY, United States
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3.9 mi from city centre,  

Situated within walking distance of Harlem 125th Street Metro North Station, this comfortable bed and breakfast is a convenient base for those wanting to explore New York City and its surrounds. It is conveniently located for those wanting to sightsee in the area.

$189
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About Harlem, Manhattan

Long-established as the heart of African-American culture in New York, Harlem lies in the north of Manhattan between Central Park, Upper Manhattan and the Harlem River. While its community today reflects a more diverse ethnic composition, in the early part of the 20th century it became a predominantly black area, with African-American literature, art, music, dance and social commentary flourishing in what became known as the Harlem Renaissance.

The Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture is a good place to start exploring the neighbourhood, with changing exhibitions that highlight the African-American history of New York, while the Studio Museum of Harlem showcases the work of local, national and international artists of African descent. The neighbourhood is home to the largest church in the United States, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, but perhaps its most famous house of worship is the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the first African-American Baptist Church in New York. Visitors can attend their powerful Gospel Worship Services on Sundays, perfectly followed with a gospel brunch at legendary Sylvia’s Soul Food. The Apollo Theatre is another of Harlem’s iconic landmarks, opening in 1934 to black patrons after 20 years as a whites-only venue, and helping to launch the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Michael Jackson. Many of Harlem’s most famous post-World War I residents lived along West 138th and 139th streets in an area of historic townhouses dubbed “Striver’s Row”, including the likes of pianist Eubie Blake, composer WC Handy and dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, while one of Manhattan’s oldest parks, Marcus Garvey Park, is lined with late 19th century architecture and named in honour of the Jamaican Pan-African movement leader.

Harlem is easily accessed by both bus and subway, with stations scattered throughout the neighbourhood. While its sights are fairly spread out, the streets are easily manageable on foot and far friendlier than often reputed.

Harlem was named after a city in the Netherlands, Haarlem, and originally established as a Dutch village in 1658. The Great Migration at the start of the 20th century saw African-American residents stream into the area, firmly stamping their cultural mark during the 1920s and 30s.

Harlem, Manhattan travel FAQs

The sub-district of Upper Manhattan is an affluent neighbourhood in the north of Manhattan Island. Home to various museums, green parks and a vibrant nightlife, the area is a lively district with a unique atmosphere.

Things to do in Harlem

Considered Central Park’s smaller sister, Riverside Park stretches for 86 blocks and is home to the Soldiers and Sailors monument, winding cycle paths and a skate park. Enjoy a bike ride along the Hudson River or simply take an afternoon to stroll down the tree-lined paths.

In the upper west side of Manhattan sits the Juilliard School. Located inside the Lincoln Centre for Performing arts, Juilliard is one of America’s most elite performance schools, having produced some of the best actors of the 21st century. As such, it would be a crime not to visit the establishment while in the area to catch an evening theatre production or musical performance.

The American Museum of Natural History sits in the district and was the setting for the international blockbuster “Night at the Museum”. Spend a morning exploring the dinosaur exhibits, listen to the sounds of the deep blue at the ocean exhibit and meander through the Hall of African Mammals. Science buffs will love the space exhibition and the talks on modern science.

Jazz music has always been part of New York City’s nightlife, and Minton’s jazz club is one of Upper Manhattan’s finest bars. Head to this classy, yet retro venue for an evening of live music and cocktails. The club once hosted some of the great jazz legends, including Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

Getting around Harlem

John F. Kennedy International Airport sits one hour east of Manhattan in Queens, while LaGuardia Airport is 30 minutes away. The district is walkable if you’re ready for a workout. Otherwise, make use of the subway network and yellow cabs.

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