The most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond


The most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond
Strivers' Row on 139th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass Boulevards.

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, most of which are part of larger historic districts with pretty architecture around every corner (look for the brown street signs to signal you're within one).


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 with stately porticoes, 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.


The most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond


2. W 120th St between Lenox Ave and Mt. Morris Park West


This gorgeous block in the center of the Mount Morris Park Historic District was once home to poet Maya Angelou—her old brownstone at 58 W 120th Street is one of the dreamiest.


The most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond


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.


The most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond

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.


The most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond


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


Central Harlem's storied enclave—home to a long list of renowned Black artists and professionals during the Harlem Renaissance—is known for its three architecturally distinct rows of historic townhouses across two leafy blocks.


The most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond


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


One of the most scenic streets in all of Manhattan, Convent Avenue's townhouses are also dripping with history: famous residents during the Harlem Renaissance include composer Billy Strayhorn.


Convent Avenue, one of the most beautiful streets in Harlem and beyond

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.


Sylvan Terrace between Jumel Terrace and St. Nicholas Ave

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