NY's neighborhoods Uptown
Harlem has been renowned since 1920 as one of the main residential, cultural and business centers of the African American community, today making up 75% of its population. Limited by 110th Street on the south, the Hudson River on the west, and 155th Street near the Bronx limit.
One of the main attractions today are the Gospel masses which are celebrated on Sunday mornings. Tourists can visit them and be seated in the upper part, since they do not participate in the celebrations. Important to note is that church attire is formal and that one must wait until the end of the ceremony to leave.
The Apollo Theater is also a main attraction, being the birthplace of the best Gospel, Jazz and Soul music of NYC. The main street in Harlem is Lennox Avenue, very commercial, far from what is depicted in many films, it is safe to walk the streets and eat there. In West Harlem one can find Columbia University, one of the most famous in NYC. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is famous for being the largest neo-gothic construction in the world.
Upper West Side
Residential and quiet with well-off youths, liberal and more Bohemian than the Upper East Side, it extends from 59th Street to 110th Street and from the Park to the Hudson River. Some of the places of interest include the Dakota Building where John Lennon was shot, the Lincoln Center where there is always music playing, dance, theater, and the American Museum of Natural History.
There are many options for dining on Columbus Avenue o on Amsterdam.
Upper East Side
One of the most prestigious neighborhoods in NY. It’s said that NY’s wealthiest live there going only by rent and property values. Many embassies and some of the best hotels in New York are located there. The Metropolitan Museum (MET), the Guggenheim and the Whitney are all there, from 59th Street onwards in what is known as Museum Mile.
Nicely decorated, with clean streets and lavish gardens.