Harlem Travel Guide

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Harlem Overview

Harlem is a neighborhood in Manhattan, long known as a major colony and anglicized the name of the town to Harlem. On September 16, 1776, the Battle of Harlem Heights, sometimes referred to as the Battle of Harlem or Battle of Harlem Plain, was fought in western Harlem around the Hollow Way (now West 125th St.), with conflicts on Morningside Heights to the south and Harlem Heights to African American cultural and business center. Mostly associated with black culture, crime and poverty. In the past few years it has been experiencing a social and economic renaissance.

Harlem is in uptown Manhattan between the East River and the Hudson River from 155th Street—where it meets Washington Heights—to a ragged border along the south.

Central Harlem begins at 110th Street, at the northern boundary of Central Park; Spanish Harlem extends east Harlem's boundaries south to 96th Street, while in the west it begins north of Morningside Heights, which gives an irregular border west of Morningside Avenue. Harlem's boundaries have changed over the years; as Ralph Ellison observed: "Wherever Negroes live uptown is considered Harlem."

The neighborhood contains a number of smaller, cohesive districts.

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