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Name an American cultural breakthrough and chances are good it happened in Harlem. This neighborhood survived flappers and gangsters in the 1920s, booed almost everyone offstage at the Apollo except Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson, and revolutionized America from Marcus Garvey to Malcom X. See the writing on the wall at the Graffiti Wall of Fame at 106th and Park, then head over to the Studio Museum to watch African American artists change art history. Harlem launched jazz and hip hop and taught Madonna how to vogue, so expect big nights out. Get schooled at the Jazz Museum in Harlem before jazz sets at historic art deco Lenox Lounge. Hit Shrine for slick beats and reggae, and end up at Ginny's Supper Club for soul food with a side of blues. For the morning after, Amy Ruth's serves the Reverend Al Sharpton special: chicken and waffles, gravy optional. East Harlem is largely Latino, and known as El Barrio. The pride of the neighborhood is El Museo del Barrio, a small space packed with contemporary Caribbean and Latin art and encounters with such notables as Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near Harlem

Aloft Harlem
Aloft Harlem
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4.1
859 reviews
2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York
from $179
Hotel Newton
Hotel Newton
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3.6
2002 reviews
2528 Broadway, New York
from $79
The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center
The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center
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3.8
1020 reviews
11 West 51st Street, New York
from $161
DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan - New York City
DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan - New York City
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3.4
5011 reviews
569 Lexington Ave, New York
from $109
New York Marriott Marquis
New York Marriott Marquis
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3.9
8076 reviews
1535 Broadway, New York
from $224
Pod 39
Pod 39
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3.5
3507 reviews
145 East 39th Street, New York
from $120
DoubleTree by Hilton New York City - Financial District
from $119
The Belvedere Hotel
The Belvedere Hotel
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3.7
7071 reviews
319 W 48th St, New York
from $386
Salisbury Hotel
Salisbury Hotel
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4.0
5955 reviews
123 W 57th St, New York
from $299
Hilton Garden Inn New York/West 35th Street
Hilton Garden Inn New York/West 35th Street
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4.0
4146 reviews
63 West 35th Street, New York
from $118
More About Hotels near Harlem...

Name an American cultural breakthrough and chances are good it happened in Harlem. This neighborhood survived flappers and gangsters in the 1920s, booed almost everyone offstage at the Apollo except Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson, and revolutionized America from Marcus Garvey to Malcom X. See the writing on the wall at the Graffiti Wall of Fame at 106th and Park, then head over to the Studio Museum to watch African American artists change art history. Harlem launched jazz and hip hop and taught Madonna how to vogue, so expect big nights out. Get schooled at the Jazz Museum in Harlem before jazz sets at historic art deco Lenox Lounge. Hit Shrine for slick beats and reggae, and end up at Ginny's Supper Club for soul food with a side of blues. For the morning after, Amy Ruth's serves the Reverend Al Sharpton special: chicken and waffles, gravy optional. East Harlem is largely Latino, and known as El Barrio. The pride of the neighborhood is El Museo del Barrio, a small space packed with contemporary Caribbean and Latin art and encounters with such notables as Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott.

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