About this listing
Quiet, warm, light, comfortable and exquisitely clean boutique apartment on 3rd floor of historic (c,1886 ) Harlem brownstone. Lots of original detail. Queen-size bed, full, private bath & small private kitchens All amenities and appliances: dishes, linens, towels, refrigerator, toaster, coffee-maker, cooktop & oven, WI-Fi, A/C. Luxurious Egyptian cotton 600 thread count wrinkle-free sheets provide a beautiful rest. The Egyptian cotton towels are fluffy and super absorbent. All linens are laundered in organic "7th Generation" detergent. Close to all public transportation; Central Park a jog away, numerous eateries, markets, jazz clubs close by. Coffee & tea provided, 1st morning's complimentary continental breakfast. Apt. has table, chairs, desk, closets. Beautiful, small community park just across the street. This is an inviting an safe atmosphere as numerous past guests have testified. The proprietors live in the brownstone with their veteran Maine Coon cat They are also founders and Co-directors of Project Harmony, Inc. -- www.projectharmonynyc.org Telephone in office for (free) calls within U.S. and Canada.International calls require a small fee.IMPORTANT! CALL FOR RESERVATION CONFIRMATION! Please note, we have a cat! Poppacat does not ever enter the apartments, however, but does enter common areas.
Hello! Welcome to Harmony Hospitality House & Central Harlem. This brochure will give you a very brief introduction to who we are, and it also will answer the questions most folks have when they arrive. Of course, please feel free to ask us for information at any time—but we think it may help you to have a few things in writing, to which you can refer.
My husband, Haja Worley, and I are long-time Harlem residents. We are educators, artists and social activists. We founded our organization, Project Harmony, Inc., almost 30 years ago, and we maintain the small garden-park aross the street from our “brownstone.” We acquired our “brownstone” in 1996. Harlem is famous for its “brownstones” which are unique historically and architecturally.
Question: What is the nearest subway /metro? The A,B, C, and D trains on 125th and St Nicholas Avenue. When you leave the house, go left, make a right at the first corner (Frederick Douglass Blvd.), walk up 3 blocks to 125th Street, go left one block (there is a short-cut, but this is easiest).The #2 & #3 trains are on 125th and Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd. For these turn right when you leave the house, go left at the first corner (Adam Clayton Powell Blvd), walk up 3 blocks to 125th Street, go right on 125th Street one block to the subway station. The #4,#5, & #6 trains on Lexington & 125th, right from our house, left onto AC Powell, up 3 blocks to 125th, then right (East) 5 blocks to Lexington Avenue subway.
Question: Where is a supermarket/food market.? The closest is BEST YET Supermarket between 118th & 119th on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. To get there, you will turn left when you leave the house, then turn left again at the first corner which is Fred. Douglass; however, at 121st Street Fred Douglass & St Nicholas Avenue intersect, so you will cross the Street going west (or right) at 121st St. to be sure you’re on Fred Douglass Blvd. You will also find many restaurants along Frederick Douglass Blvd. “Curbed NY” has rated Frederick Douglass as “most outstanding” in the city for its many new eateries! A great little bakery on 118th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, and Frederick Douglass,LeeLee’s, has delicious pastries, also coffee and homemade soups. Levaine Bakery on Frederick Douglass near 117th is best known for it’s huge, delicious cookies —they are AMAZING! “Cecil’s Restaurant—118/St. Nicholas was named Esquire Mag’s ‘best restaurant’ 2014!! “Bensame” -124 &’ ACPowell is new with live music & a Gospel brunch!
Question: Where do I buy simple things like juice, water, milk? “Bodegas”—small markets just around the corner (almost everywhere)—where you can get a few necessities.
Other places of interest:
125th Street, Martin Luther King Boulevard, is the “Main Street” of Central Harlem. In addition to many shops you will find the Harlem Studio Museum— a few steps right off Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.— which has a small tourist information Center, wonderful art exhibits, books and a fine artifact shop.
Just north of 125th Street on Lenox/Malcolm X Blvd. is the “Red Rooster,” a restaurant owned and operated by renown chef Marcus Samuelsson. “Ginny’s” downstairs at the RR has great music. Next to it is “Chez Lucienne,” which also has very good reviews & “Society’”is across the street. Maysles Cinema—a wonderful tiny documentary cinema is on Malcolm X between 126 and 127.
“Boulevard Bistro” on 122nd & MalcolmX is comfortable with good breakfasts!
“Amy Ruth’s Soul Food Restaurant” 113 West 116th Powell &Lenox) also has much acclaim and SYLVIA’S restaurant is an old, famous soul-food restaurant on AC Powell between 126th & 127th Sts.
Serengeti Teas & Spices is a wonderful place to have exotic teas, coffees and more!(FDB between 123trd +& 124th. Try great Turkish cuisine at Savann, 2280 FDB, near 122nd. Patisserie Des Ambassades (French/African) happens to be one of our favorites on Frederick Douglass between 118th & 119th Streets. Silvanna is an African/Israeli décor/food/ wine/tea/coffee shop with a cool LES or Brooklyn hipster flair at 300 W 116th St, Harlem Tavern(116th & FDB) has good draft beer and not too pricey food. Www.harlemrestaurantrow.com is a great resource for Harlem eats. Harlem Shake, 124th & Malcolm X is a great little diner—good burgers. “Double Dutch” is a good coffee spot on FDB & 119th.
There are many more great spots—Ethiopian, Senegalese, many flavors of Latin & much more! For a Museum experience and a gastronomical rush you’re not likely to forget soon, go up to “The Cloisters”(part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) in Fort Tryon Park at the top of Manhattan. There you will find the “New Leaf Café” with both indoor and outdoor fine dining; this café was founded by Bette Midler who has done much for New York City’s greensward.
If you want good live jazz/blues—and something to eat & drink as well, try the famous Lenox Lounge(CLOSED FOR NOW), or Paris Blues, right around the corner on 121st and AC Powell. A vintage jazz club is Showman’s at 375 West 125th Street. Then NAMA is real Harlem—107 West 130th—jams every Monday evening. Old style Harlem funk! A hidden gem!
Question: If I want to go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, how early in the day should I go?
EARLY!! 6AM is not too early to leave!
It’s best to walk around Harlem to find all the good spots. Harlem is as safe as anywhere in NYC. That said, you should always be cautious—we recommend NOT using mobile devices on the street, anywhere,
My husband and I keep discovering new and different places in Harlem and Washington Heights—and we’ve lived here 30 years!
Also, please feel free to enjoy the small garden/park across the street, which is managed by our organization, www.projectharmonynyc.org.
A,B,C,D, 2 & 3 trains are close. Also buses--$#M2 & #M10 Easy Peasy!!
No smoking; common respect and decency--no illegal drugs; no excessive alcohol. Remove shoes upon entering.
About the Host, Cindy
My husband, Haja, and I, are educators, activists, artusts. We are social justuce-minded, and are active in our community. The mission of the grassroots organization--Project Harmony, Inc-- which we founded over 25 years ago is to help ourselves and others cultivate an awareness of our community, our environment, and all life and to promote justice for all.. Our mantra is "respect and care for the community of life." We manage a community garden-park, The JD Wilson Memorial Garden, just across the street from our historic Harlem brownstone. The "garden" is host to numerous programs and events for community members and anyone from anywhere who might want to join us.
Cindy is an award-winning poet and writer; Haja is a radio host on Harlem 411 at WHCR, 90.3 FM, "The voice of Harlem." He is active with numerous community organizations and is also a portrait artist. We have three cats only one of which guests are ever likely to see/meet. We also have a recently acquired rescue "Beagle" a sweet little guy--but sometimes noisey! He's learning!