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.
764 Saint Nicholas Avenue is a pre-war condominium that tastefully displays its age with gas fireplaces and staircases in a classic design. Modern fixtures make this Harlem condo a visually appealing overlap of time periods. With 764 Nicholas Avenue’s design as well as incredibly low prices, New York buyers can’t go wrong.
240 Manhattan Avenue, Harlem
One Morningside Park boasts 55 modern luxury units on the Upper West Side in a variety of spacious layouts. Putting the many amenities, the fantastic views and the modern furnishings aside, One Morningside Park sits in the heart of Manhattan at the crossroads of two of its most beautiful and iconic parks.
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.
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.
1595 Lexington Avenue, Harlem
Copper Hill adds a touch of contemporary luxury to historic Harlem and is located just blocks away from Central Park.
A 19-floor 48-unit post-war mid-rise, 111 Central Park North is a Harlem apartment building with luxurious features ranging from white oak floors to stainless steel appliances to marble bath countertops. A doorman, fitness center, parking garage, concierge service, and a roof deck make for a well-rounded list of amenities.
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.
130 Bradhurst Avenue, Harlem
Ellington on the Park is a beautiful luxury high rise located in Central Harlem, one of New York City’s most quiet and tranquil neighborhoods. This condominium offers its residents giant, double and triple paned windows revealing a scenic view of Manhattan and Jackie Robinson Park.
555 Lenox Avenue, Harlem
With up to 32 floor plans being offered, the Savoy West is a luxury condominium situated in Harlem’s prime location. Residents can enjoy sun-drenched condos featuring top-of-the-line fixtures and finishes. Outstandingly lush amenities await residents such as a recreation room and 24-hour concierge.
2021 First Avenue, Harlem
East Harlem is host to Observatory Place, a Green LEED certified building which boasts 38 condominiums with an emphasis on comfort. With private terraces to accompany great views onto the streets of East Harlem, this building also provides amenities such as modern kitchens, luxury baths and sunlit rooms.