By Seth Fera-Schanes
An afternoon with your camera in Harlem is a great way to get to know the neighborhood. As with most parts of New York City, the neighborhood is subdivided even further into West, East, Central (and I recently heard North and South but I am not sure if I am onboard with that yet.)
125th street is usually a great place to start because it is the main East-West arterial and has public transit stops for most Manhattan subway lines. There is also a Metro-North stop at 125th before being taken all the way into Grand Central Station.
I would suggest spending a few hours in the neighborhood just wandering back and forth along the side streets. A few points of interest would be:
– Astor Row on 130th street between Malcolm X Boulevard and 5th Avenue
– Striver’s Row on 138th and 139th streets between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglas Boulevard.
If you need a little caffeine then Lenox Coffee is a great place to get a drink and sit for a few minutes to take a break. If you get hungry then I would suggest Dinosaur BBQ for their fried green tomatoes and pulled pork sandwiches or Amy Ruth’s for some excellent chicken and waffles.