The most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond

Updated: May 13

It's the last weekend before the holidays–and all the attendant craziness–kick into high gear.

Why not spend it taking a stroll through the neighborhood and exploring the architectural gems throughout?

Here's a tip: start with these seven beautifully preserved streets and follow the brown street signs designating the surrounding historic district. From south to north they are:

1. Lenox Ave between W 122nd and W 123rd Sts

A perfectly preserved row of late-19th-century houses, this block is pretty much the defining image of brownstone Harlem. Number 241 Lenox Avenue is where you'll find the by-appointment-only boutique fashion legend Dapper Dan runs with Gucci.

2. Doctors' Row, W 122nd St between Mt. Morris Park West and Lenox Ave

This famed block in the center of the Mount Morris Park Historic District was once home to composer Richard Rodgers–and, yes, his father was a doctor.

3. Astor Row, W 130th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

Built by the grandson of John Jacob Astor between 1880 and 1883, this row of brick houses with porches and front gardens surprises with its charming Southern vibe in the middle of Harlem.

4. W 131st St between Lenox Ave and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd

This impressive block of 19th century row houses belongs to the recently-designated Central Harlem–West 130th-132nd Streets Historic District.

5. Strivers' Row, W 138th and W 139th Sts between Adam Clayton Powell Jr and Frederick Douglass Blvds

Central Harlem's storied enclave is known for its three perfect rows of historic townhouses–famously home to black professionals during the Harlem Renaissance.

6. Convent Avenue between W 141st and W 145th Streets

One of the most scenic streets in all of Manhattan, Convent Avenue's picturesque townhouses aren't just beautiful, they're also loaded with history: famous residents during the Harlem Renaissance include composer Billy Strayhorn.

7. Sylvan Terrace between Jumel Terrace and St. Nicholas Ave

A perfect time warp, this tiny cobblestone street in Washington Heights is lined on either side with identical wood row houses from the 19th century.

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