New York City is one of the most-visited cities in the world, and it's always busy and buzzing with energy. In spite of this, Upper Manhattan is relatively light on tourists, and a stay in one of the great hotels in Harlem will let you experience an under-appreciated part of the city that has a truly unique vibe.
Harlem is well known for being the center of African-American culture in New York, and the famous Apollo Theater has long been a showcase for African-American performers. The legendary Amateur Night talent show has introduced many entertainment idols to the world, and it is still held regularly, so try to catch it while you're there. The Studio Museum in Harlem is another important venue, displaying a wealth of exhibits from a variety of artists. Both these places are on 125th Street, also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, which is the heart of the district, and most Harlem hotels are within walking distance. For a peaceful stroll in the fresh air, the northern side of Central Park is just across 110th Street. The familiar sights of Midtown and Lower Manhattan are just a subway ride away.
There are restaurants all over Harlem, with some of the best in the neighborhood of Malcolm X Boulevard and 125th Street, and they serve food from a range of cuisines. Be sure to try some Caribbean-inspired soul food, such as jerk chicken, or stay with the more traditional Southern-style catfish or barbecue ribs. Harlem is one of the best places in the world to enjoy live jazz music, and there are a variety of clubs between 118th and 133rd Streets. Many of the cheap hotels in Harlem are on these streets too, so you won't have far to go to get some rest.
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