What to do
PARKS AND RECREATION
As if living three blocks from Central Park wasn’t enough, you’re also a stone’s throw from Morningside Park. Built on a steep incline, this park features multiple playgrounds nestled at the bottom of its cliff-like hillside. Winding paths bordered with flowers and trees lead to a cascading waterfall, across from which local teams play on baseball fields. Parents bring their children to play and learn in the park’s after-school program, and on Saturdays local farmers sell their goods in an outdoor market. Essentially, Eden.
The northern part of Central Park is arguably the most fantastic. The North Woods at the Ravine are the dense woodlands covering the northwest quadrant of Central Park from 101st to 110th Street. This reserve, with a wide variety of trees and shrubs, features a variety of bird species and is a haven and cherished retreat for naturalists. The north park also features Lasker Pool, a free public pool, which is transformed to an ice skating rink in the colder months.
Marcus Garvey Park (or Mount Morris Park) is bounded by 120th & 124th streets, just west of 5th Avenue. This oasis features a public pool, farmer’s market, and amphitheater.
GROCERIES AND SUPERMARKETS
If you’d rather dine at home, there’s Central Market
on 110th and 8th and Best Yet Market on 118th and 8th, which has freshly made pizza, smoothies, deli sandwiches, and sushi, and a large selection of craft brews. For grass-fed, organic meats, stop in at Harlem Shambles
on 8th and 116th, where you’ll find your basic cuts and some more adventurous offerings like marrow bones, beef heart, and tongue.
For stylish clothing and accessories at affordable prices, drop by Bebe Noir
on 8th and 117th. SWING: A Concept Shop
on 7th and 118th features an adeptly curated selection of apparel, home decor, beauty products, art, and music. Like to bike? You’ll definitely like ModSquad
on 8th and 114th, which, in addition to bike sales, offers bike maintenance and rentals. Harlem has your floral needs covered with Franz James Floral Boutique
on 8th and 114th which offers artfully crafted arrangements that make perfect gifts.
Harlem Wellness Center
There are two New York Sports Clubs in South Harlem one on 125th and 8th the other on 115th and 5th. For a more personalized workout, Brownstone Fitness
on 118th and 7th Ave is located within a brownstone and has trainers on hand for sessions up to 7 days a week. A family-run personal training studio, they provide clients with functional fitness training to meet goals that can include fat loss, improved health, and better sports performance.