Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Cathedral Church of St John the Divine

New York’s most impressive house of worship is a towering monument that looks like it's straight out of medieval Europe. Built in a mix of styles – with elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Gothic design – St John…
Top Choice Museum in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Cloisters Museum & Gardens

On a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters is a curious architectural jigsaw, its many parts made up of various European monasteries and other historic buildings. Built in the 1930s to house the Metrop…
Top Choice Historic Building in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Apollo Theater

The Apollo is an intrinsic part of Harlem history and culture. A leading space for concerts and political rallies since 1914, its venerable stage hosted virtually every major black artist in the 1930s and ’40s, incl…
Church in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Abyssinian Baptist Church

A raucous, soulful affair, the superb Sunday gospel services here are the city’s most famous. You’ll need to arrive at least an hour before the service to queue up, and ensure you adhere to the strict entry rules: n…
University in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Columbia University

Founded in lower Manhattan in 1754 as King’s College, the oldest university in New York is now one of the world’s premier research institutions. In 1897 the Ivy League school moved to its current location (the site …
Historic Building in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

555 Edgecombe Ave

When completed in 1916, this brick beaux-arts giant was Washington Heights’ first luxury apartment complex, with a concierge, a separate workers' entrance and no fewer than three elevators. It was initially availabl…
Memorial in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

General Ulysses S Grant National Memorial

Popularly known as Grant’s Tomb (‘Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?’ ‘Who?’ ‘Grant, stupid!’ goes a classic joke), this landmark holds the remains of Civil War hero and 18th president Ulysses S Grant and his wife, Julia…
Museum in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

El Museo del Barrio

Bienvenido to one of New York’s premier Latino cultural institutions, with thoughtful rotating exhibitions that span all media, from painting and photography to video and site-specific installations. The shows often…
Church in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Riverside Church

This imposing neo-Gothic beauty was built by the Rockefeller family in 1930. While the sparseness of the interior evokes an Italian Gothic style, the stained-glass windows in the narthex are actually Flemish, dating…
Public Art in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Crack Is Wack Mural

On a far-flung playground in Harlem, you'll find the bright orange Crack Is Wack mural painted by pop graffiti artist Keith Haring. The anti-drug-themed work, which stretches over a handball court, was created in Oc…