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Trending: West Harlem



Why Now: A time-honored hub for African-American culture, Harlem has, in recent years, seen a burst of new development. West Harlem in particular is a driving force, thanks to specialty boutiques, locally owned restaurants and the renovation of one of New York City’s most significant cultural institutions.

Where to Go: Live like a local in the heart of Harlem at the beautiful four-room 255West Guesthouse. Located in a 130-year-old brownstone, it charms with design elements such as exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and tons of natural light. Fuel up with a latte at quaint neighborhood spot Harlem Coffee Co. before spending the morning at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Fresh off a $22 million renovation and designation as a National Historic Landmark, the center has a new media gallery that entices visitors with interactive experiences, including a global Google Maps tour that follows the paths of notable people of African descent. For lunch, pop into Curry-Ya Uptown for a soul-warming bowl of Japanese chicken curry before perusing the diverse collection of skin-care, hair-care and cosmetic products for women of all nationalities at Vivrant Beauty boutique. Have a predinner cocktail at Harlem’s favorite speakeasy, 67 Orange Street, then dig into contemporary Mexican cuisine at La Diagonal. Expect a fusion of Mexican and Asian flavors, such as shredded Peking duck confit tacos or tempura nopalitos with spicy aioli. 

HIT THE TOWNFlamekeepers Hat Club Sophisticated hat boutique with classics such as fedoras, bowlers and top hats. → The Honeywell Laid-back basement bar with a 1970s disco vibe and creative cocktails. → Minton’s Relive Harlem’s jazz age with live music and dinner (try the oxtail dumplings).

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