Now that Halloween is less than two weeks away, it's the perfect time to take a walk through some of Harlem's prettiest neighborhoods and get into the holiday spirit.
Choose one—or all—and don't just admire the creatively spooky decor, but the gorgeous architecture while you're at it. From south to north:
1. Mount Morris Park Historic District
A great place to start hunting for cobwebs and other ghoulish details is this stunning historic district just south of 125th Street. Head down Lenox Avenue and try the blocks between W 119th and W 124th Streets from Mount Morris Park West to Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.
2. Strivers' Row
Historic Strivers' Row—located on 138th and 139th Streets between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevards—may be small, but it packs a punch. There you'll find all sorts of ghouls and goblins haunting the stately facades designed by McKim, Mead and White and others.
3. Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Historic District
For a glimpse of some of the most impressive decorations—and homes—in Harlem, stroll up Convent Avenue between 141st and 150th Streets. Make sure to take a detour through Hamilton Terrace (turn east on 144th Street) as well as the landmarked brownstones from 145th to 150th Streets between Convent and St. Nicholas Avenues in Sugar Hill.