Neighborhoods of New York Spring is the beginning of the warm weather and outdoor activities. In New York we apparently have much colder than warmer days, so we just can’t wait to make the most out of it! For this reason, DE LA SOL team selected our favorite activities to do in three different neighborhoods of Manhattan that we hope you love. What are your favorite spots? Is there any neighborhood you would like us to write about? We read you!
Apollo Theatre - 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
Since its doors opened in 1914, the Apollo Theatre has played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues and soul. This legendary venue not only birthed James Brown and the Jacksons careers, but also hosted artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald among many others. Today the neo-classical theatre designed by George Keister is a respected not-for-profit, which presents concerts, performing arts, education and community.
NiLu Gift Shop - 191 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
This little shop holds a lot of gems in it. From books, to cards, to special pieces that capture the Harlem artists and iconic culture, this shop is all-around good. You definitely need to stop here next time you are in Harlem.
Astor Row - 130th Street New York, NY 10037
Astor Row is the name given to 28 row houses on the south side of 130th Street, between Fifth and Lenox Avenues in Harlem. Designed by Charles Buek, the three-story brick, single-family houses as usual: they will have front and side yards, as well as wooden porches. The Astor Row were among the first speculative townhouses built in the area. In August of 1981 the Astor Row was designated New York City Landmark.
Chez Lucienne French Bistro 308 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027
If you want a Parisian vibe in the middle of one of Manhattan’s more historically rich neighborhoods, Chez Lucienne is your place to go next weekend! Owner Fall Para fell in love with Harlem and decided to open a classical French Bistro. From the warm still eclectic decoration indoors, the menu that offers classics with a twist of French cuisine, and the amazing service, this place is a gem. And a must try!
National Jazz Museum in Harlem - 58 West 129th Street, New York 10027
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a thriving center for jazz that stimulates hearts and minds, celebrating Jazz music. The Museum was founded in 1997 with the mission to preserve, promote and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and the celebration of jazz locally, nationally and internationally. The Museum even offers more hen 80 free programs in the City. Opened Thursday through Monday, you pay what you wish at the entrance.
Little singer building - 561 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
The Little Singer Building was designed by Beaux-Arts architect Ernest Flagg. The Broadway facade of the building is a twelve-story charmer. Flagg used red brick, steel, relish terra cotta and glass to frame the elegant facade, shish has a nine-store recessed central bay five windows wise. Arching over this bay is an incredible iron tracery. Since 1979, it has been a co-op with an unusual mixture of residential and commercial uses: 20 offices and 15 live/work units for artists.
Café Select - 212 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
At the Swiss bistro Café Select, venue owned by the restauranteur Serge Becker, there is an unmistakable air of European metropolitanism. And this is what we love about it. The lightning is romantic and dim, with a weave of strand lights on the celling providing warm atmosphere for dining. During warm weather days outdoor seating is available. Drinks and food is excellent at Café Select but the big deal is their fondue. This plate will make you feel après-ski in the Swiss Alpes in a bite.
Soho News International - 186 Prince St # A, New York, NY 10012
This is one of our favorite magazine stores in the city. Soho News International carries more than 3,000 publication in any language, on any topic, for any budget and any attention span. Open from 6 a.m. to midnight, this magazine store has been opened for more than 15 years. It continues to surprise anyone that enters the store for the rare findings that the store holds. In fact, Racked named this newsstand one of the Top 12 Best International Newsstands in New York City.
Fueguia 1833 - 21 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10013
Founded in 2010 in Buenos Aires by Julian Bedel, Fueguia 1833 is a unique concept in the universe of worldwide perfumery. The source of inspiration is Argentina, the land where Bedel was born and where he spent his childhood. Fueguia 1833 is a pioneer in sustainable fragrance production. Vertically integrated, the company is responsible for every action: from the constant and meticulous research of precious natural botanical ingredients; to the conception; formulation; manufacturing; the creation of handmade packaging, and the presentation in their own boutiques. We highly recommend to stop by this small but very cozy store and check the packaging, names of the perfumes and the variety of scents they offer. You won’t regret it!
Elizabeth Street Garden - Elizabeth St bet Prince St and Spring St. NY 10012
Elizabeth Street Garden is a community sculpture garden of nearly one acre. What used to be a school back in 1903, today is a green spot in the middle of the concrete. Warmer and sunny days are the perfect excuse to grab something for lunch and get lost in the tranquility of the garden.