Few Manhattan neighborhoods can claim to be as profoundly a part of the greater idea of New York City, or more legitimately iconic, than Harlem. Harlem is a real neighborhood in Manhattan, of course, stretching from the Hudson River to the East River between 158th Street and a border that no one can quite agree upon on the south. But Harlem is also more than just a Manhattan neighborhood -- it’s a vibrant piece of living history, and a place somehow just as real in the imagination as it is in the real world of New York City. Seemingly every block in Harlem is packed with New York City history, and national landmarks abound, ranging from John D. Rockefeller's sprawling Dunbar Apartments to The Apollo Theater to the historic townhouses of Strivers Row. After a series of down decades in which much of the neighborhood’s historic housing fell into disrepair, Harlem began an epic comeback that continues today. Harlem property values soared 300 percent in the 1990s, and a host of new construction condominiums rose alongside the neighborhood's historic brownstones.
Harlem retains its distinctive character thanks to its world-famous soul food restaurants and the jazz clubs and lounges that highlight its booming nightlife scene, but it is also home to new restaurants from world-renowned chefs, trendy bars, and the other resolutely new-school attractions. Increasingly, too, Harlem is also home to some rather straightforward Manhattan luxury brands -- witness the neighborhood's Citarella and Fairway markets, for instance, or Harlem's numerous high-end boutiques. The new condominium listings of Harlem run from inventive adaptive-reuse projects like PS90 -- a luxury condominium in a stately converted school building -- to more conventional luxury condo developments that would impress anywhere in Manhattan. Such new construction luxury condominiums as Windows on 123, 5th On The Park and Apex Condominiums set a high standard for luxury while remaining some of the best per-square-foot deals in the Manhattan condominium scene. Harlem’s new condominiums are all different, of course, but they carry the same message -- namely that there's more to Harlem than history, and that Harlem’s ongoing revitalization suggests that this most historic Manhattan neighborhood is not done making history yet.
257 West 117th Street, Harlem
The Fitzgerald, located at 257 West 117th Street in Central Harlem, shares a lot in common with both the neighborhood and similar newly constructed luxury condominiums throughout Manhattan. Converted into luxury condos from a school, The Fitzgerald has a modest appearance from the outside; this newly-constructed low-rise stands 7-stories tall and still has the same brick facade and stone cornices that it did when The Fitzgerald was a school.
159 West 118th Street, Harlem
Harlem is one of the few neighborhoods in Manhattan that have a lively, cultural vibe, with a rich historic heritage behind it. And when you want to be a part of this eclectic area, there is no better place for doing just that than at the Morellino, a stunning pre-war condominium conversion at 159 West 118th Street. 35 luxury residences are offered at the Morellino, with residents allowed to choose from one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments.
68 Bradhurst Avenue, Harlem
The Langston in Harlem is a quirky yet graceful mid-rise in that it offers a Starbucks and New York Sports Club on the ground floor yet also provides 18-foot window walls, fireplaces, and exquisite surfaces and countertops. A rooftop terrace and concierge and doorman services are just a few of its plentiful amenities.
2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Harlem
2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard is an overwhelmingly beautiful luxury condominium in the heart of Harlem. Exotic interiors feature teak accents, a bamboo wall with Merbau planking, and zebra wood. The location is as charming as the apartment, with access to the famed Apollo Theater and the greenery of Morningside Park.
40 West 116th Street, Harlem
Kalahari Harlem is a new LEED-certified condominium located in Manhattan’s culturally rich neighborhood of Harlem. Each generously spaced apartment is enhanced by sustainable bamboo floors and oversized windows. The amenities include a 24-hour concierge, music practice room and meeting facilities.
117 West 123rd Street, Harlem
Harlem’s Windows on 123 epitomizes the meaning of luxury. With a cutting-edge glass-and-steel exterior, Windows on 123 overlooks the neighborhood with presence. Inside, elegant details make for a stunning living experience, while panoramic views of Manhattan and its range of amenities excel at providing comfort and beauty.
1485 Fifth Avenue, Harlem
Built on 1485 Fifth Avenue in the rapidly growing neighborhood of Harlem, 5th on the Park is a pre-war condominium with modern conveniences such as a fitness center and rooftop. With dramatic views of Mount Morris Park, this luxury condo provides floor-to-ceiling windows with cherry wood flooring that will warmly encompass its residents.
For 88 Morningside Avenue, location is key. At the north end of Morningside Park and a couple blocks from Central Park, the newly constructed Harlem condo is at an arm’s reach from high-demand greenery. With a luxurious tile interior design and top-of-the-line amenities, 88 Morningside is a quite a real estate catch.
29 West 138th Street, Harlem
Few buildings possess the convenience of hotel-like service with exciting amenities, but Be@William does just that. Its unique name reflects the experience a resident will have in this luxury condominium. With amenities such as 24-hour doorman service and glass-walled rooftop sky lounge, Be@William is a wonderful choice for residents.
178 East 117th Street, Harlem
Situated in the up-and-coming neighborhood of East Harlem, Alto is an 8 story luxury condominium located on 178 East 117th. With 22 units, Alto provides its residents with a vast amount of space that makes for comfortable living conditions. Alto also offers amenities such as fitness center and community courtyard.