Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill

Neighborhood

Named to identify the “sweet life” in Harlem, Sugar Hill is bordered by Washington Heights to the north at 155th St, to the south at 145th St., Edgecombe Ave to the east and Amsterdam Ave to the west. The area got its name in the 1920’s when it became a popular place for wealthy African Americans to live during the Harlem Renaissance, including W. E.B. Du Bois and Thurgood Marshall.

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What to do

PARKS AND RECREATION

Jackie Robinson Park provides 10 blocks of resources, with its southern border at 145th street between Bradhurst and Edgecombe Avenues. One of four spaces designated Historic Harlem Parks, the park is noted for its strong connection with the community. Originally built as a neighborhood playground to encourage organized play for city children, and one of the ten original parks to receive a city pool, Jackie Robinson Park’s history is steeped with efforts to bring the neighborhood together in recreational fun. Along with its pool opening in 1936, a recreation center was created the same year, equipped with cardiovascular equipment, weight room, and gymnasium. The recreation center also boasts a library, computer resource center, and an arts & crafts room, among other features. Outside, the park’s amenities abound. Two baseball diamonds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and two playgrounds (one with a water play area) provide residents with spots to compete and play. Continuing in the park’s theme of “play,” a bandshell within its boundaries hosts concerts throughout the warm season, keeping Harlem’s tradition of fostering local music alive and well.


Where to eat and drink

COFFEE SHOPS, BAKERIES, & MORE

Manhattanville Coffee

Sugar Hill Café on 145th between St. Nicholas and Convent is an upbeat outpost featuring espresso, pastries & light breakfast/lunch fare in a rustic-chic interior. Bagels, coffee and tea service can be enjoyed at the counter or at one of the many small tables within. Manhattanville Coffee on 142nd and Edgecombe was founded with the idea of creating a neighborhood coffee shop that would provide quality coffee and treats in an environment designed to make everyone feel right at home!

RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE

The Edge

Photo By: Robert Shaffer

The Edge on 139th and Edgecombe is a local eatery in the heart of Harlem. Come here for the flavors of the Carribean with a little New York attitude. Ponty Bistro on 139th and Adam Clayton Powell a chic neighborhood bistro for French-African cuisine in breezy, comfortable digs with African art. Harlem Bar-B-Q on 138th and Lenox is the place to feast on ribs, wings, burgers & frozen margaritas, the specialties of this neighborhood restaurant/bar. Falafel Tarboosh on 144th and Amsterdam makes authentic homemade Middle Eastern food to order.


Transportation

TRAINS, BUSES, AND CABS

A view of a street in Harlem

Photo By: Andrew Bobrowski

Trains: ABCD trains stop at 145th and Saint Nicholas. The A and D trains are express trains, and the B and C trains run local. The C train makes a local stop at 155th St.

Buses: The Bx19 runs crosstown along 145th St into the Bronx across the 145th St Bridge. The Bx6 runs crosstown along 155th St into the Bronx. The M3 bus runs along Saint Nicholas Ave., and the M100 and M101 buses run along Amsterdam Ave.

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