Situated just above Central Park and extending from 110th Street to 125th Street, South Harlem, also known as SoHa, has a rich history and boasts an impressive array of new restaurants, bars and residences with all the amenities found in their downtown counterparts. Despite a growing population that is becoming more and more diverse, a vibrant black legacy endures in the area with neighborhood cornerstones like the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, specializing in goods from Africa.
This neighborhood played a vital role in the Harlem Renaissance acting as a staple location for African American writers, poets, musicians and artists to flourish. In recent years, this neighborhood has seen a massive influx of new housing developments and trendy businesses. It also houses a lot of public outdoor space including Circa Central Park, on Frederick Douglass Circle, and One Morningside Park at 312 W. 110th St. which are introducing a new level of luxury.
One of the biggest draws of this neighborhood is the booming food scene. A walk down Frederick Douglass Boulevard begtween 110th and 125th streets will give you a good idea of the thriving restaurants that attract foodies, tourists and curious New Yorkers alike.
Check out Streetbird, a lively spot that offers rotisserie chicken and noodle dishes and is decked out in memorabilia that pays homage to Harlem's past. In the mood for a great croissant? Pop into Patisserie des Ambassades, a Senegalese-French cafe that doesn't mess around when it comes to pastries.
If you're more of a home chef, fear not--scope out the Best Market, great for all your fresh product and craft beer selection needs, or the Whole Foods on Malcolm X Boulevard.
Friendly Neighborhood Feel
Similarly to Central Harlem, South Harlem is also know for its friendly residents. People say good morning and good evening, and generally check-in with each other.
There is also an abundance of public transit options in this neighborhood making it the ideal place to have as a home base if you like exploring other parts of the city. Whether you're a bus, subway, bike or cab person, South Harlem is centrally located to all modes of transport, so you always have options.
Perhaps one of the biggest draws of this northern Manhattan neighborhood is the abundant access to outdoor space and parks. The obvious access point is the northern section of Central Park, which is home to the Harlem Meer nature preserve, The Blockhouse historical landmark, and the Lasker Rink which is a great place to ice skate in the winter.
Not feeling historical landmarks and ice-skating rinks, don't fret--there's also Morningside Park which runs parallel to Manhattan Ave from 110th St. up to 123rd St. Here you'll find lush greenery dotted with fitness paths, baseball fields, playgrounds, dog-friendly areas and a weekly market!
Last but not least, you have Marcus Garvey Park which houses a community center, 2 playgrounds, drawbridges, an outdoor pool, and the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater which hosts a slew of summer concerts.