Harlem in New York City

Named after a village in the Netherlands that was established in 1658, Harlem is recognized as a neighborhood above Central Park know as Upper Manhattan; which includes Harlem, Washington Heights, and Hamilton Heights.

Harlem is a large part of Upper Manhattan that is split into three parts: Central, West, and East Harlem. Central Harlem’s geographical boundaries are surrounded by 5th Avenue, Central Park, Morningside Park/St. Nicholas Avenue/Edgecombe Avenue, and also Harlem river to the east, south, west, and north respectively. West Harlem boundaries consist of 110th Street (Cathedral Parkways) to the south, to the north is 155th Street, Morningside Park/St. Nicholas Avenue/Edgecombe Avenue are to the east, and Riverside Park and the Hudson River is the western natural boundary. East Harlem, known as Spanish Harlem, is bound by East 96th Street, East 142nd Street, 5th Avenue, and Harlem river to the south, north, west, and east respectively.

One of the best things Harlem is known for is its jazz, in which it evolved from its creation in New Orleans. Famous artists such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Duke Ellington are among many that have played at Jazz clubs in Harlem. There are many jazz clubs to attend to listen to great Jazz, but Bill’s Place a great place to start. Bill’s Place is on 148 West 133rd Street that features saxophonist Bill Saxton as the club’s host. Another great jazz club to attend would be Showman’s Jazz Club on 375 West 125th Street that has been in business since 1942.

Additionally, Harlem is also home to a multi-cultural and diverse demographic that results in an extremely delicious and evolutionary dining experience.

The Red Rooster Harlem restaurant, located on 310 Lenox Avenue, presents diners with American comfort food that brings something different to the table accompanied by an art and jazz that creates a unique dining environment. The Red Rooster Harlem restaurant also offers a private dining experience and cooking classes to learn more about the cuisine the restaurant offers.

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