Discover South Central Harlem
Posted on March 9th,2015

By Bohemia Agent Wendy Wood

I moved to Harlem in 2007 and never considered living anywhere else. Everyone thinks I live on Sesame Street.  It has been exciting to watch the transformation of boarded up brownstones now lovingly restored into the their former glory – but with better kitchens!


120th and Lenox


Cheri Restaurant 121st and Lenox











Discover the exquisite restaurants on Lenox that have flourished in a very sophisticated way, rolling down the avenue like a beautiful string of pearls.  Each one a unique discovery and in contrast to the manic feel of Frederick Douglass Blvd., they tend toward quiet and quaint. Highlights include the matriarch Sylvia's, much acclaimed Red Rooster, neighborhood favorite Chez Lucienne, the fairly new Cheri' and sophisticated Settepani.  There are too many to list here but from sunrise to well beyond sunset you will have a variety of prices and cuisines to choose from.

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater

The treasure of this area is Marcus Garvey Park, located within the landmarked Mt. Morris Historic District. The park offers a community center with gym, summer swimming pool and farmers market. There is a public library on the north end of the park. For the kids there is head-start and playgrounds with water features. The crowning jewel is the restored amphitheater the offers concerts, theater and dance programs several nights a week during the summer – most are free.


Apollo Theater 125th

Apollo Theater 125th

Rendering of Whole Foods 125th & Lenox

Rendering of Whole Foods 125th andLenox












Soon to come is the long-awaited Whole Foods on 125th and Lenox expected to be done by the end of 2015.  A flurry of development runs all up and down 125th including a Bed, Bath and Beyond,  several projects around the Apollo Theater and soon-to-start restoration of the Metro North Harlem Station.  The M-60 bus has been upgraded to Select Bus Service which offers quick access to LaGuardia Airport – 25 minutes from Lenox Ave.

I personally have two new noteworthy neighbors: the beautiful transformation of Mt. Morris Baptist Church into a studio for Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone.   My other new neighbor hosted the Oscars last week!  Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka bought a brownstone which they further renovated to accommodate their family.

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