Is Harlem safe?

Posted by Bean Counter 
Is Harlem safe?
September 10, 2008 09:10AM
I am thinking staying at a bread and breakfast in Harlem around 133 West 119th St. Is the area safe for female travelling after 10 pm?
Re: Is Harlem safe?
September 10, 2008 03:57PM
No, I would NOT recommend that area. I walked near there (male, 40 yo) on a Sunday at 2pm and did not feel safe. I am not joking.

You need to be south of about 96th street.
Re: Is Harlem safe?
September 11, 2008 11:15AM
Thanks for the info - I will definitely look 4 some place else.
Re: Is Harlem safe?
September 16, 2008 03:26PM
I am guessing frednyc is white. Plus lives in the past

harlem is safer than some other areas of Manhattan. The idea of staying below 96th street is a 10 year old stigma. Far from the truth.
Re: Is Harlem safe?
September 16, 2008 06:54PM
There's a lyric from the new musical "In the Heights" where the main character Usnavi is talking about his neighborhood, and jokingly says "I've never been north of 96th street"

Obviously the belief that Manhattan ends on 96th is alive and well.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/16/2008 06:55PM by Blayze.
Re: Is Harlem safe?
September 16, 2008 09:41PM
Last night I met a couple who recently moved here to San Diego from NYC. I told them I used a friend's apartment when I'm in town. They asked where it was and I said Inwood. Their reaction was swift and in unison OOOhhh! Accompanied by a grimace and the comment...That's nosebleed area up there".

I agreed, they apologized profusely for their knee-jerk reactions and we all laughed hysterically. ( had to be there)
Re: Is Harlem safe?
September 17, 2008 09:39AM
I have been around there during the day time and it was perfectly all right
Re: Is Harlem safe?
September 21, 2008 04:23PM
I will be coming to New York and plan on seeing the Apollo and dining in Harlem. I going to take the subway from Brooklyn. Is Harlem safe in that area: Lenox Ave, 125Th ST, Malcolm X Blvd, 116Th ST?
Jared the tour guide
Re: Is Harlem safe?
September 24, 2008 01:02PM
Not to be too glib, but if you get mugged it isn't safe, and if you don't it is safe.

There is safety in numbers and on brightly lit streets when people are out and businesses are open, Bean Counter.

If you are in doubt, head into a bar, such as the legendary Lenox Lounge, which is right across from the 125th St subway stop. Until you get your bearings, take a cab until you feel confident you know where you are going before you head out.

The 125th St area is pretty fine since it is so busy, Sharp.

Harlem has really gentrified. People have taken over abandoned buildings and other ones are converting into cooperatives and condominiums.

There is some wonderful architecture and history up there. Let me know if you'd like a private walking tour.

Some of the double decker bus companies have Uptown tours which give a good lay of the land.

Best regards,

Jared the tourguide


Re: Is Harlem safe?
September 30, 2008 04:16PM
Re: Is Harlem safe?
February 04, 2009 02:35PM
Yo, all yuh guysz are trippiin' fer nethiin'... Harlem aiint shyt. No need to worry 'less yuh a gangg bangaa tryna take ovrr ourr turf. Othervise yuh str8. Jusz walk uhpp in ya hotel or wateva, mind yah own business &+ carry on witchya lifee &+ shyt'll be str8. no need to worry. yuh aiint gotta go fiind no whereszz else to rest at.
Re: Is Harlem safe?
May 19, 2010 12:58PM
Sarahhh, have you ever thought of taking some English lessons?

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