Central Harlem is a New York City neighborhood located in Manhattan just north of Central Park. Several trains run through the area, which is also close to Harlem River Drive, giving commuting residents easy access to other parts of the city. The proximity to Central Park is another feature many locals love.
Though the neighborhood has experienced changes, it still holds to its roots. Because of the Great Migration of the early 20th century, Manhattan became home to the largest population of African Americans in the U.S. Writers, musicians and artists flocked to Central Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s and the neighborhood has been a hub for creative minds ever since. New residents still flock to the area, hoping to draw inspiration from the legends that passed through before them.
The Studio Museum details the works of artists of African decent. It also features the Museum's Artist-in-Residence program, which has seen over 100 graduates go on to establish successful careers in the arts. The museum offers lectures, classes, dialogues and performances for the community to enjoy.
West 125th Street is a popular area for locally owned boutiques and many residents do their shopping there. Central Harlem also boasts a solid population of jazz clubs and theaters for those who enjoy nightlife.