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We Heart Harlem – In Photos

We consider ourselves very fortunate.

Not only are we enjoying six weeks of rent-free living in Manhattan, but we couldn’t have hand-picked our living arrangements any better ourselves. We are smack in the middle of West Harlem – a bustling, eclectic neighborhood that surprises us every time we step outside our door.

Welcome to Harlem


The Apollo TheatreThe legendary Apollo Theater, just a few blocks away.


Brownstones of HarlemBeautiful brownstones line the streets around us.


Jesus SavesI guess even McDonald’s needs some saving.


No FunSo what you’re saying is “no fun”…? :)


Office SpaceAbandoned office space.


125 Street125 Street (also known as Martin Luther King Blvd) – Harlem’s main artery.


StrengthLocal street art


The Apollo theatre and fans gave tribute to one of the great R&B legends that the music world lost this week – Whitney Houston.

The Apollo Remembers Whitney


Remembering Whitney


58 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Nice captures. The “Jackson 5″-style Harlem Boy is cool :)
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  2. Did you go searching for any Langston Hughes stuff, yet?
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  3. Great photos. Makes me wanna go back and do Harlem in depth.
    Under my interest and liking your blog though is still seething jealousy…

  4. The brownstone picture makes it look like you’re staying on the set of the Cosby Show, although I don’t remember them living in East Harlem.
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  5. Great photos, what a fantastic area to be staying in.

  6. Harlem sounds like a must on my next trip to NYC!

  7. Housesitting takes you to wonderful places!
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  8. Nice photos, Whitney really is a legend. Nice presentation of the old and the new with these photos.
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  9. Don’t know what made you give that “look”, effect or whatever the proper term is to your photos but it just looks so appropriate, they’re fantastic.
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  10. Love Harlem! Hoping we can take my daughter there when we go to visit Mary’s dad (who lives in NJ) this summer. How long will you guys be there?
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  11. Wow gorgeous pictures, really need to move NY up my list of places to go.
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  12. Harlem has come a looong way! I did a lot of my work during grad school on East Harlem more than ten years ago. I barely recognize the place now! Glad you’re enjoying it. Looks like you’re on the west side? Have you been down to the Columbia area yet? And then the express train right down to Columbus Circle… Man, I miss NYC!
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  13. I have visited New York several times but never made it to Harlem. How much time would it warrant? Is a half day enough to ‘see’ Harlem?
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    • Hey John – depends on when you could get to Harlem. If you can make it for a Wednesday, I’d suggest taking in Amateur Night at the Apollo; there are also a lot of cool jazz clubs for any evening; and on Sunday a gospel church service is a great experience. Otherwise, a wander down 125th street, a meal at Red Rooster, a stop at the Studio Museum and Big John’s, also checking out a few other cool streets could probably be done in a day!

  14. I love these photos. I stayed at a guest house in Harlem on my last trip to New York and I loved the area.
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  15. I love Harlem – a couple of our friends live up there and we got to explore a bit last time we were in NYC – such a great area.
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  16. And not a globetrotter in sight! (That’s my entire Harlem knowledge used up). Great photos :)
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  17. Nice shots of a sometimes overlooked spot for travelers/tourists. I am pretty sure the Huxtables “lived” in a brownstone in Brooklyn. :)
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  18. Very cool pictures! It’s eclecticism still resonates throughout the city. Thank you for posting.
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  19. I’m glad you are enjoying Harlem. I lived there for a year and live in Brooklyn now but grew up in Queens. Since I moved away just four years ago, Harlem has changed so much. If you like Harlem, I think you’ll like Brooklyn, too. You should head out here, too. Lots of great looking neighborhoods with lots of history. By the way, the Cosbys lived in Brooklyn Heights.
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  20. Great shots of a great neighborhood. Harlem was a regular stop when I lived in NYC. So much good music and the best Senegalese and Ivorian food in the city.
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  21. The street art there is amazing. Your photos came out lovely!
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  22. Rent-free? Manhattan?? Now that’s pretty friggin’ sweet. I had heard that Harlem has gone through quite a bit of gentrification. I wasn’t really that big of a fan of New York. Kind of like the “cool place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live here” kind of location. However, you have rekindled my interest. Cool blog.

  23. It is great to know there are places showing a lot of sympathy and appreciation for Whitney Houston. I just love what you did with the photos. It feels like traveling back in time. Thank you for sharing.
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  24. Great post idea – very little people venture North of Central Park, and apparently, they are missing out on a very cool neighborhood!

  25. Great shots! I’ve never been to Harlem, but it looks pretty gritty. I’d love to walk the streets for awhile.

  26. Love the antique look to the photos. I haven’t actually visited Harlem but your photos make me want to see it for myself! Also, great time to take photos after Whitney Houston’s passing.

  27. These photos are perfect! Love the way they capture the mood of Harlem. One of my fav posts yet.

  28. Thank you Stumbleupon…not sure how I missed this one to start! Great post…Love walking through Harlem. Feels sort of like “real” New York…

    • We were so fortunate to get to live in that neighborhood for six whole weeks. One of my favorite parts about our time there was just wandering and people watching in Harlem. And listening to all the great accents. :)

  29. Wow. Really beautiful. Harlem’s my neighborhood, and you’ve captured details I ignore everyday. I’ve posted a gallery on my site as well, with some of the same spots – Thanks for sharing Harlem.
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  30. Really excellent photos of my neighborhood. One of the few blogs to capture it so well :D

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