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Getting Around

For an area that is interconnected by city buses, tour buses, railways and highways, traveling to Harlem is a breeze from Manhattan, the Bronx and Randall’s Island. In this pedestrian city, the best things to see are on foot. The smoothest ways to move around Harlem is like a New Yorker, and here are some tips on how. Just as with driving, walking on the right side of a walkway is the unofficial way to maintain the normal flow of pedestrian traffic. Expect busier streets and sidewalks during rush hour and the holidays. There are many cultural, artistic, religious, and educational landmarks, structures and museums to photograph.


The Harlem experience for visitors will not be the crime-ridden Harlem as is sometimes depicted in films. Harlem is a welcoming community to visitors and, like the rest of Manhattan, it is generally as safe as any other city. Nevertheless, one should always exercise good judgment and common sense in an unfamiliar environment.

There are two elevators for wheelchair accessibility in Harlem. Along the A B, C and D lines, there is an elevator located on the southwest corner of 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. At the 135th Street Station of the 2 and 3 lines, an elevator is located on the northeast and southwest corners of 135th Street and Lenox Avenue.

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