Looking for a staycation idea that only requires a pair of comfortable shoes and an appreciation for gorgeous architecture?
Pick a sunny day and take a stroll through the most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond.
Start with these seven, each which is a part of a larger historic district (look for the brown street signs to help you determine each district's exact borders).
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 that 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.
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 four perfect (and three architecturally distinct) rows of historic townhouses–famous for being 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 townhouses aren't just majestic, 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.