Harlem, New York, guide: The best of the neighborhood

Harlem, New York, has an ever-growing collection of bars, restaurants and shops, but which stand out from the rest?

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Apollo Theater exterior

Apollo Theater exterior Photograph: Shahar Azran


Home of such Harlem Renaissance greats as Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, Harlem, New York’s most iconic black neighborhood, has largely shaken off the stigma of its subsequent urban decay. Known for exuberant gospel choirs, soul-food joints, and African markets and eateries in 116th Street’s “Little Senegal,” the neighborhood is experiencing another rebirth, reflected in new hot spots like chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem. On pulsing 125th Street, preachers and mixtape hawkers vie for the attentions of the human parade, and ghosts of Harlem’s rich musical heritage haunt historic venues such as the Apollo Theater. Explore the area's cultural legacy at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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