Historic theatres, composed jazz clubs, and classic brownstone stoops.

From its inception, Harlem has kept a cadence like no other. Best known for its role in creating the 1920s cultural movement, the Harlem Renaissance, the neighborhood still celebrates its African American roots and vibrant culture. From the galleries of its iconic theatres to the dusky insides of its monumental jazz clubs, Harlem’s influential rhythm permeates the perservering neighborhood. Having reinvented itself many times over, its inimitable beat continues to attract attention.

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On the Map

Harlem is within Manhattan and bordered by The Bronx, Highbridge, Concourse Village, Washington Heights, Mott Haven, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Hamilton Heights, and Port Morris

Laguardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 21 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 37 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Harlem's Rich Cultural Fabric

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As a historical hub for African American culture, Harlem was, and is, home to some of the most iconic artists, singers, and poets of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Generations of families strengthen the fabric of Harlem's community.

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Sometimes, they're families you're born into.

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Sometimes, they're families you forge along the way.

Day to Night

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Harlem's construction sites and faded exteriors still hint at its tumultuous past. The neighborhood has experienced a significant revival, and new businesses continually call Harlem home.

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From university students to cultural enthusiasts, its growing music, culinary, and nightlife scene is steadily attracting visitors.

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History at Your Doorstep

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Late 19th century brownstones compose Harlem's residential streetscapes.

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In Harlem, the best place to gather is often right outside your own front door.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Cameron Blaylock

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Cameron Blaylock is a photographer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 Cameron received a European Diploma in Fine Arts from Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Having been a full-time Brooklyn resident for just over one year, the Airbnb Neighborhoods Project helped Cameron further understand and appreciate the massive, multi-layered, singular organism that is New York City.