City Living: South Harlem
Forget SoHo and get used to saying SoHa. Otherwise known as South Harlem, the rapidly changing neighborhood is a spot on the map that more New Yorkers will soon get acquainted with as it continues to transform.
In recent years, South Harlem has seen an influx of new housing developments trailed by new businesses, all managing to quickly change the neighborhood into one of the city's newest hubs. It's dotted with trendy establishments and a diverse population, but it still maintains classic Harlem charm.
Between 2004 and 2007, a real estate boom brought new condominium developments to the area between West 110th and West 125th streets along Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The easily accessible neighborhood is now ripe with new condos and rental buildings juxtaposed with historic, pre-war structures as well as brownstones.
Along Frederick Douglass Boulevard, a slew of new spots including lounges, restaurants and bars, a yoga center and an organic market nestle nicely into the nabe, thriving alongside traditional African marketplaces, old cafes and restaurants, a hardware store and delis.
Amid the rapid change in development and demographics, the area hasn't lost touch with its cultural roots that attract so many to Harlem. SoHa retains a vibrant artistic community. The area boasts many local artists, artisans and art galleries, including The Studio Museum in Harlem and an organization called Art in FLUX Harlem, which has pop-up exhibitions a few times a year.
-- By Lisa Fraser
The Manhattan neighborhood runs from West 110th Street to West 138th Street and is bordered to the east by Fifth Avenue and to the west by Frederick Douglass Boulevard - or Riverside Drive, depending on who you talk to. More »
Residents never need to worry about not being able to catch a train or a bus in South Harlem. There are myriad options to choose from. Trains: Local B & C trains stop at 110th Street Cathedral Parkway, 116th Street at Frederick Douglass Boulevard, 125th Street and 135th Street. Express A & D trains stop at 125th Street. No. 2 and 3 trains stop at Central Park North 110th Street and 116th Street at Malcolm X Boulevard, as well as 125th and 135th streets. No. 1 train stops at 110th Street Cathedral Parkway. Buses: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7, M10, M11, M100, M101, M102, M104, M116, M60 to LaGuardia Airport, Bx33, Bx15 More »
New York Public Library, 203 W. 115th St.; New York Public Library, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th St.; The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West More »
P.S. 81, 212 W. 120th St.; P.S. 76, 220 W. 121st St.; Success Academy Charter School, Harlem 1, 34 W. 118th St.; Philip K. Randolph High School, 443 W. 135th St.; Frederick Douglass Academy, 2581 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. More »
365 W. 125th St. (between Morningside and St. Nicholas aves.) More »
The 28th Precinct covers the South Harlem neighborhood. According to the NYPD CompStat report, compared to 1990, murders in the area decreased by 87%, while robberies dropped by 80%. More »
The rich cultural history of Harlem is always on display and there is no better place to sap up info about this changing neighborhood than through a tour. FreeToursbyFoot.com offers a two-hour walking tour through the nabe every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and HarlemHeritage.com gives a Taste of Harlem walking tour on most Mondays and a Harlem Renaissance walking tour on Saturdays. More »