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 classic 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. 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.
300 West 135th Street, Harlem
Experience Strivers Gardens, a bright, airy Upper Manhattan building with lovely views of Downtown Manhattan, Saint Nicholas Park and City College. This full-service building consists of two mid-rise towers connected by a glass-enclosed atrium. Together, they have 169 apartments.
The homes feature open layouts, some with gallery-style kitchens with breakfast bars and granite countertops and dining alcoves. The building includes a garden atrium, 24-hour doorman and concierge, a state-of-the-art gym, valet, laundry facilities, and a Zen garden.
1790 Third Avenue, Harlem
The Cereza is a modern luxury condominium that highlights the best of East Harlem. The 52 homes inside range from studios to two-bedroom apartments, all of which are filled with luxury finishes and details.
380 Lenox Avenue, Harlem
Built in 2005, this beautiful 12-story building is as striking as it is luxurious. There are 77 modern apartments inside this Harlem building and it boasts some of the largest 2-3 bedroom apartments for their price range.
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.
409 Edgecombe Avenue , Harlem
409 Edgecombe Avenue has had quite a roster: Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B. Dubois, men at the forefront of the Harlem Renaissance. Now a pre-war co-op in Harlem 409 Edgecombe Avenue is the standard in modern New York apartments. Set right by Yankee Stadium, residents can enjoy the best of Upper Manhattan.
100 West 119th Street, Harlem
Historic Harlem is home to the Normandie, a pre-war conversion building located at 100 West 119th Street. Neat and stylish apartments with a slew of amenities, and add to that a lovely location close to subways, shops and restaurants, and the Normandie is an easy choice a great luxury residence in Manhattan.
2002 Fifth Avenue, Harlem
2002 Fifth Avenue is a new co-op in the ever-flourishing neighborhood of Harlem. This building features 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, some of which include coveted private outdoor space and beautiful park views.
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.
305 West 150th Street, Harlem
Take things to the next level by moving uptown to No. 305 On the Park. This member of the Park Collection is directly across from Jackie Robinson Park on a serene, quiet street, surrounded by the best luxury buildings in Harlem. Built in 1921, this building is a classic example of NYC charm and grace, with all the comforts of modern living.
This renovated elevator building features one-bedroom apartments with 10-foot high ceilings, beautiful oak floors, crown moldings, and marble open kitchens with under cabinet lighting and GE Profile stainless steel appliances.
2231 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard, Harlem
The Aurum is a full-service building that was designed with the neighborhood and the environment in mind, offering residents both luxury amenities and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they are living in an environmentally conscious building thanks to features like the co-generation plant, green roof, efficiency double pane windows, and an Interior Live Green Wall.