Imagine my surprise — I emerge from the subway
station on 163rd Street and Broadway to find a whole new terrain,
characterized by wide avenues and low, older-looking buildings. The Harlem
landscape is certainly a huge departure from Downtown Manhattan’s narrow roads
and newer, taller buildings. One of the main causes of this is the physical distance separating this region
from downtown, as it helped to postpone any kind of
large-scale development until the early part of the 20th century,
protecting the historic place names and the rustic quality that give this area of Manhattan its unique charm. Unfortunately, this distance is also the main reason why more people don’t explore the area. I highly recommend making at least one trip up to Historic and Haute Harlem to see some of the beautiful architecture, historic buildings, and other sights.
. The house, located on Jumel Terrace, is the
oldest house in
. It played a significant role in the
war, as George Washington used the mansion as his headquarters in the fall of 1776 . There is a beautiful garden in the back of the mansion and it would be a lovely place to read a book or have a picnic.
..Across the street from the mansion is Sylvan
Terrace. The green shutters that adorn
both rows of these wooden two-story houses, along with the cobblestone street
that seperates the two buildings, work together to conjure years past — 1882
to be precise.
Just past Sylvan Terrace, on West 155th Street, is the Hispanic Society of America, a museum and library dedicated to the study of
Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American culture and art. The museum and reference library are always
free to the public.
of Arts and Letters. The Academy is an honors society that aims to
promote interest in Literature, Art, and music via recognizing individual
artists. Unfortunately, there are no exhibitions at the Academy over the summer.
’s graveyard is
the next sightseeing attraction you will stumble upon in your Historic Harlem travels. The landmark is characterized by lush greenery and stone walls lining the perimeter.
comprised of three and four story single-family homes, rather Victorian in
style. In the 1920s to 1950s, many historically significant people lived in this neighborhood, including Thurgood Marshall and Zora Neale Hurston..