Monday, January 4, 2016


Our popular HB series that ranks the top 10 uptown micro-nabes is back for the best neighborhood countdown of 2015.  Harlem is a large part of Manhattan that changes block by block so we have put together a list of the best micro-nabes based on location, architecture, transportation, local amenities along with record closing prices when applicable. This is our own opinion based on reporting on the neighborhood for a few years and a new post will be made each day until the number one spot has been revealed.

No. 7: Strivers Row, Central Harlem, West 138th and West 139th Street between ACP/7th and FDB/8th Avenue.  Strivers row falls back one position this year because of record closings elsewhere but has hit a good number in 2015.  A sale just over $3 million makes the landmark blocks one to watch out for as home buyers really start to recognize the value of these breathtaking blocks with gated private parking out back.  Once considered pretty isolated from notable amenities, the area around the historic neighborhood has now seen the arrival of better businesses such as Ponty Bistro, Harlem Nights, Tuscan Kitchen  and popular cafes like the Edge which are all in short walking distance.  St. Nicholas park is also nearby and a supermarket will arrive at a new construction just a couple of blocks north by the end of 2016.  Abandoned sites such as the Renaissance Ballroom on the east side or the shell apartment complex on the west end are now under development so we expect Strivers Row to eventually be higher on the list in the coming years.

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