Harlem is a neighbourhood in Manhattan, New York, mainly to the north of Central Park. Once the center of black culture, it saw the rise of many jazz musicians and although it was a slum area in the 1920s it has seen extensive gentrification and is now an expensive neighbourhood. It offers a great base for all the sights of New York City from the Empire State Building to Wall Street.
This green landscape brings an area of green space to this heavily congested city. Walk around the park and see the statues and fountains. Pay homage to John Lennon at Strawberry Fields or skate on the Wollman Rink restored by Donald Trump. The Visitor Center is in the Gothic building called the Dairy. Belvedere Castle offers unrivalled views over the city and surrounding parkland. You can take a horse and carriage drive around Central Park and have a guided tour of all the sights or watch the roller bladers, joggers and dog walkers who all enjoy this space.
New York is known for its fabulous art galleries and museums. The nearest ones to your Harlem apartment are the Guggenheim Museum, a modern building housing contemporary art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of Modern Art and the Frick Collection.
The best known sights in Harlem include the Jazz Museum, the Conservatory Gardens and the Apollo Theatre.
There are so many must-see buildings, monuments and historical places that highlighting a few is almost impossible!
Empire State Building - This world-famous building has become a symbol of the city. It has a beautiful lobby and the views from the 102nd floor observatory are, as you can imagine, quite amazing.
Statue of Liberty - The iconic Statue of Liberty continues to draw visitors from all over the world to Liberty Island. One of the best ways to see the statute is from the Staten Island ferry. Take a return crossing; it is one of the cheapest ways to see this sight too!
Winters in Harlem see temperatures drop below freezing from December through February yet summer days can reach 29°C (84°F) and higher. Nonetheless a trip to New York can be pleasant at any time of year for the shopping, theatres, walks in Central Park and all the famous sights close to your Harlem, New York apartment.
The nearest airport to your self catering holiday rental in Harlem is La Guardia airport which is 16km away. Flights regularly arrive into La Guardia airport from all our the world. New York is also served by Newark airport in New Jersey and John F Kennedy airport at Queens.