5 Harlem Hot-Spots to Visit This Year
Although less well-known than other parts of “the city that never sleeps”, Harlem is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City and provides a vibrant mix of eclectic shops, bars, restaurants and historical and cultural sites to visit. Fast becoming a rejuvenated urban destination, Harlem is a great place to explore anytime you’re visiting for either leisure or business.
The area is now one of the most lively and community-driven Burroughs on the island and provides a fascinating glimpse into the history and culture of the region. If you’re planning a trip to New York City in 2014 and want to spend time in an intriguing neighbourhood, read on for five of the coolest hot-spots to add to your itinerary.
Shop at the Demolition Depot
A hidden retail gem in Harlem, the Demolition Depot is a unique store in a large four-storey warehouse and promises to provide a plethora of interesting finds. The Demolition Depot is the place to shop for out-of-the-box pieces you won’t find elsewhere like reclaimed doors with intricate designs, vintage plumbing fixtures, early-industrial beehive lights and beautifully-crafted religious objects. Items such as fixtures and fittings are salvaged from old buildings before they end up in a landfillor removed from homes being gutted and renovated.
The central showroom is filled with all sorts of fascinating finds such as antique cash registers, ornate glass doorknobs and Roman-numeral clocks.The store also has a two-tiered backyard full of products. Visitors to Harlemcan step outside to browse through an array of stone gargoyles, cherub-shaped busts, cast-iron planters, terra cotta plaques, subway-station signs and park benches.
Have a Drink at Harlem Tavern
Harlem Tavern is a large sports bar, restaurant and beer garden and always seems to be buzzing with activity. The family-friendly venue was voted “Best New Beer Garden” in the Nightlife Awards and serves up something for every age and taste. There’s a children’s food menu, and adults will love the outdoor beer garden lined with reclaimed brick. It’s the perfect setting for a relaxing after-work or weekend get-together with friends and family.
The Tavern is 650 square metres in size and boasts 80 different beers options, from local brews to international selections. Customers can also enjoy quality food with their booze, plus live music a few days per week, sport events on the big screen and a rotating selection of local art from galleries in the area.
Visit theStudio Museum
Since opening in 1968 the Studio Museum, in the heart of Harlem, has been dedicated to showcasing works of art created by artists of African descent.
The Museum was the first of its kind to display artwork inspired and influenced by black culture and features creations by artists that live locally, around the United States and overseas.(image by whitetag).
Making fine art accessible to the Harlem community, the Studio Museum runs a variety of educational public programs throughout the year to bring art alive, from lectures and performances to off-site interpretive programs and literature about art history. The Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program has supported more than 100 graduates over the years; manyhave gone on to establish well-regarded careers in the industry.
Listen to Tunes at Shrine World Music Venue
Shrine is a restaurant and performance venue in Harlem named after the Nigerian club of musician FelaKuti. The multimedia arts and culture venue opened in 2007 and is dedicated to live music, theatre, dance and film. The space features a hardwood DJ-dance floor, a full bar and food menu service, a projection screen with surround-sound and a monthly art exhibition. The Shrine is a popular gathering place for both locals and tourists who love dancing, listening to live musicians and expanding their cultural horizons.
Enjoy a Meal at Red Rooster Restaurant
One of the most renowned restaurants in the suburb, Red Rooster Harlem is the original eatery created by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson (who cooked the first State Dinner for President Barack Obama). This is not one ofthe takeaway chicken shops most Aussies would think about when hearing the name! Red Rooster opened in 2010 and was created to showcase American comfort food with hints of Samuelsson’s Swedish and African roots. The restaurant only hires staff from the local community and works to inspire healthier eating through neighbourhood cooking classes.(image by Garrett Ziegler).
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