Just north of the seven colleges located in Morningside
Heights, West Harlem houses students and faculty alike in
amazing brownstones and Pre-War buildings, featuring fire escapes perfect for
hanging out on hot, summer evenings. Elevated terrain allows for spectacular
Hudson River views, particularly from the hilltop campus of the oldest CUNY,
City College, and modern Riverbank State Park. In recent years, West Harlem has
seen the City's lowest rate of new construction; however, that will soon change
as Columbia University breaks ground on a 17-acre expansion project planned for
the West Harlem area known as Manhattanville.
Central Harlem, featuring beautiful historic blocks of brownstones and row houses, has seen the bulk of Harlem's recent building boom. Co-ops and condos are quickly coming on the market, and a new generation of students, professionals, and new businesses are flocking to the area.
Finally, in Spanish (East) Harlem, residential development is gaining momentum, as an increasing number of young Manhattanites are heading north in search of more affordable rents. Accordingly, neighborhood amenities have increased substantially in recent years - grocery stores, cafes, restaurants - and a large-scale retail complex featuring a Target store is planned along the East River. The area is also home to Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Helene Fuld College of Nursing.
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