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Old 03-03-2012, 10:40 PM
 
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Yes,

I put Harlem on my list of areas to look for a place. I know it's the unthinkable for a lot of you.


For any of you that live in Harlem, what are some of the better parts to consider?
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:20 PM
 
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When you say Harlem, do you include East Harlem or just Central Harlem?
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:35 PM
 
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When you say Harlem, do you include East Harlem or just Central Harlem?
You tell me, should I consider those areas?
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:25 AM
 
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Yes, include all of greater Harlem. The neighborhood is still in transition. It will only become more economically mixed as time progresses. I will say there are some major quality of life issues in these neighborhoods overall. That ranges from high rates of violent crime to sub-par building conditions. However depending on your tolerance level and the particular block and building you live in it varies. It may well be worth the investment. The pluses include mass transit, walkability, historical architecture and increasing vibrancy.

Personally, I would recommend the parts of Harlem dominated by brownstone style housing or newer construction. The streets dominated by public housing and/or older apartment buildings usually have the most residents in poverty. More poverty, generally more problems.
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:05 AM
 
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Yes, include all of greater Harlem. The neighborhood is still in transition. It will only become more economically mixed as time progresses. I will say there are some major quality of life issues in these neighborhoods overall. That ranges from high rates of violent crime to sub-par building conditions. However depending on your tolerance level and the particular block and building you live in it varies. It may well be worth the investment. The pluses include mass transit, walkability, historical architecture and increasing vibrancy.

Personally, I would recommend the parts of Harlem dominated by brownstone style housing or newer construction. The streets dominated by public housing and/or older apartment buildings usually have the most residents in poverty. More poverty, generally more problems.
I remember SeventhFloor suggested these areas:


"IMO best area in Harlem is:

North = 116th Street
East = Lenox Avenue
South = 110th Street
West = Hudson River"
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:27 AM
 
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I remember SeventhFloor suggested these areas:


"IMO best area in Harlem is:

North = 116th Street
East = Lenox Avenue
South = 110th Street
West = Hudson River"
It depends on your opinion of best. Also those are vast areas. Entire street lengths that vary from block to block across neighborhoods. E 116th Street for example is very busy in East Harlem, a retail corridor. I personally like the streets closer to Central Park. I also find West Harlem to have the most stable sub-neighborhods.
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:41 AM
 
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Blocks on or next to the new luxury condos are good in Harlem. Those are the easy ones.

You will really have to get a feel of other neighborhood blocks but there are a lot of happy residents in Harlem. Most of my friends live on East Harlem even though its the worse area and they still like it. To each his own I guess.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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Investors are already starting to bet on East Harlem with the biggest selling point being proximity to the Second Avenue Subway stations.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I live in the bronx now but grew up partially in Hamilton Heights. I liked Harlem and I wanted to stay in the area after I moved out from my folks but didn't think it was worth the extra sacrifices. Cheaper rent for a bigger apartment ultimately won.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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I live in Hamilton Heights right now. I like it, but it's lacking in amenities compared to other parts of Harlem.
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