So this weeks statistician calculation of the best nabes to live in the city caused quite a stir since Harlem was listed last out of the top 50 locations (technically 60 altogether but that is such an odd number for a Best List). Some redemption can be found in a much smaller article in the same issue of New York Magazine that has real estate experts quote on their next best neighborhood predictions in 4 years time. Notably, out of the ten locations, 3 uptown nabes have been selected. A Corcoran exec picks West Harlem as one of the top spots stating that, “(it is) a true New York neighborhood... adding that it’s near three parks and has great transit. The early-2000s brownstone boom deposited lots of shops and restaurants on the main avenues, and the varied housing stock—condos, rentals, houses—brings in all sorts of residents. “People are calling specifically to live there."
We also thought that the map the article had laid out was kind of interesting since it seems to have the South Harlem corridor from West 110th Street to West 125th Street combined with Hamilton Heights from West 125th Street to West 155th. The uptown choices seem like the right direction to us since the price values are there but one of the midtown neighborhoods in the article also included the garment district which made us a bit skeptical on what the experts were really trying to sell here. Read more on the other uptown choices in the NY Magazine article: LINK. Read what the folks in Harlem had to say about the questionable 2010 Best List: LINK. Photo by Ulysses