Harlem 125th Street
Harlem is poised to usher in a bright future while celebrating its rich history. New commercial and residential developments join museums, art galleries, elegantly refurbished brownstones, a variety of retail stores, and fine restaurants to make Harlem one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in New York City. The presence of art, cultural, and academic institutions has attracted a well educated workforce and is creating a vast and talented labor pool to draw from. More than 800,000 visitors come to Harlem each year to experience the cultural and entertainment attractions, such as art exhibitions, book fairs, and the jazz festivals.
In 2008 the City Council approved a comprehensive rezoning of the 125th Street Corridor between Broadway and Second Ave. The rezoning will foster public and private investment along Harlem’s “Main Street,” and support the growth of 125th Street as a premier arts, culture and entertainment destination. Expanded opportunities for new, mixed-use housing will develop a concentration of cultural and retail destinations, encouraging repeat visitation to Harlem.
The recently approved rezoning will allow approximately 1.8 million square feet of additional commercial office, hotel, and retail space and approximately 2,600 new housing units. The Harlem business district will expand eastward as the 6-acre East 125th Street site (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues and 125th and 127th Streets) is redeveloped. The 125th Street Corridor, the central artery of the business district, boasts a bustling retail and entertainment environment alongside a growing commercial office market. Harlem’s Central Business District is considered part of the Upper Manhattan submarket, which consists of 4.8 million square feet of office space. A wide range of companies and institutions are located in Harlem, including Columbia University, the New York Academy of Medicine, Verizon, and Truro College.
Harlem boasts a large and active arts and cultural community. The area is home to institutions such as the Apollo Theatre, the Harlem School of the Arts, Lenox Lounge, the National Jazz Museum, the National Black Theatre, and the Studio Museum, among others. Recent zoning changes have set the stage for further growth of Harlem’s art and cultural community by providing incentives to create dedicated space for visual or performing arts.
This busy mini-metropolis enjoys excellent access via 10 subway lines, the Metro-North Railroad and numerous bus lines, including the M60 bus to La Guardia Airport. More than 724,000 subway riders and 175,000 Metro-North commuters pass through this hub each day. The area is also connected to the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens via the Triborough Bridge.