West Harlem, also called Manhattanville, is where you go to get a real sense of how ‘blended’ New York City really is.
Located between West 112nd and West 134th, and just north of Morningside Heights, West Harlem is a historically and culturally significant neighborhood, which propelled Upper Manhattan towards the famous Harlem Renaissance.
Now, new developments, such as the expansion of Columbia University, have changed this formerly industrial neighborhood, which was once characterized by warehouses, factories, and slaughterhouses.
Even with new developments popping up every day, West Harlem has a number of old and beautiful buildings; these act as reminders of the days when this neighborhood served as the cultural center of an important American arts movement.
Housing Befitting The Growing Population
Mostly made of pre-war brownstones, co-ops, and post war condos, West Harlem is home to many college students and young professionals – mainly due to the City College of New York, which is located towards the North, and Columbia University, which is situated towards the South.
In addition to that, there are new developments being built every day; 17 Convent, and 52 Convent, are sister buildings and one of the most recent projects to be completed in West Harlem. They are seven, and six stories tall, with virtual doormen, fitness rooms, rooftop lounges, and even a special children’s room.
The Student’s Town
West Harlem has a higher rate of college-educated residents than any other part of the city. This made it the perfect neighborhood for the expansion of Columbia University – they plan to construct a new campus, secondary school, and a vast park land designed by the famous Italian architect, Renzo Piano.
Other colleges have also selected West Harlem to build their dormitories. To the North, we find the 500+ students accommodation, The Towers, on St. Nicholas Terrace, which is an extension of the City College of New York.
In the South, the Manhattan School of Music built its dormitory in 2003 – three years later, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America followed suit, and opened a small housing center on 122nd street.
The Piers Park
Construction of the West Harlem Piers Waterfront Park started with a massive ceremony, and finally finished in 2009, after extensive construction.
It is a dramatic transformation of an area that had previously been lost to the community. The two-acre park has quickly become a neighborhood favorite, teeming with visitors all week long.
Despite its small size, the park has a fishing pier, multiple lawns, as well as a boat dock. Public favorites include seating areas strewn all over, with exceptional views of the Hudson River.
West Harlem is the location where you can find less expensive housing compared to the Upper West Side – with an equally outstanding quality of life. It is an ideal neighborhood for people who want to be close to the serenity of a park, while enjoying the conveniences of city life – and all the hustle and bustle of wide commercial boulevards filled with soul food, and jazz music.
We want to make sure anyone can get a taste of this growing culture and neighborhood, so we’ve renovated some wonderful rooms and listed them at an extremely reasonable renting price. As always when you rent with June Homes, the homes and rooms come with furniture and cookware, so no moving truck required!