Saturday, December 10, 2005

East Harlem is Fantastic!

Growing up in Queens, we never went to Harlem. It was always the scary place north of Manhattan that no one spoke about, except as a place to "not end up accidentally".

Anyway, I've been spending some time up there lately and have made some SHOCKING discoveries!
  1. People actually live there
  2. There are many nice shops and restaurants
  3. The houses there are very, very nice. Big and roomy, you won't find whole-floor apartments converted into 9 studios
  4. Some people even own whole brownstones.
It's really shocking. The streets are wide, the buildings are modern or beautiful pre-wars. I just don't understand why everyone wants to pay ridiculous rents to live downtown (as in, below 90th street) when you could pay much less living up town.


At 9:32 AM, Blogger GC said...

I served on a grand jury a few years back. The majority of the cases we heard were "buy and bust" cases, where small time dealers were picked up for selling to an undercover. Take a wild guess where the majority of these arrests were made.

I guess it really depends on how far up along East Harlem you're actually talking about. Actually Harlem along the west side and central park in the 120's is quite a nice area and has substantial tourist appeal, with places like the Cotton Club, the Apollo and Sylvia's (mmm, collard greens).

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Armentage said...

That may be true, but 5 years ago people were afraid to go to the LES and now it's the most hopping place in the city. 3 years ago the Meat Packing District smelled of carcass and was my favorite watering hole area; now I can't afford to buy diet pepsi there.


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