Strivers' Row
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The area
Neighbourhood: Harlem
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighbourhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
How to get there
  • 125th St • 4 min walk
  • 145th St • 7 min walk

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Brian T
London, UK6,782 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
This is a really delightful , and delightfully attractive, area of Harlem to explore. In many respects you don’t expect to find such an upmarket area in Harlem, and it is one of the reasons you should visit the neighbourhood.

On 138th and 139th Streets between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Frederick Douglass Boulevards in Harlem sit four rows of beautiful townhouses. Whilst they have had a checkered history of decay and dereliction since their inception, they are beautifully restored and are attracting once again the elite of Manhattan society. These rows of Neo-Italian and Georgian townhouses together make up Strivers Row, one of the city’s architectural gems and a rich source of local history. The name supposedly comes from the fact that when they were made available to African Americans around 1920, they attracted both leaders of the black community and upwardly-mobile professionals, or "strivers”, hence the district’s colloquial name.

The rows of houses were built between 1891 and 1893 by developer David H. King Jr. The homes were originally called the King Model Houses, and were built to serve the elite of Manhattan society. As you walk the two rows, you’ll notice three distinct styles of architecture. This was because they were designed by three different architects, each putting their own individual concepts on the buildings. Look out for the Italian Renaissance-style brown brick homes on the north side of West 139th, the yellow-brick-and-limestone townhomes along the north side of West 138th Street and south side of West 139th Street, and the Georgian-style, brownstone-and-red brick homes on the south side of West 138th Street.

You’ll see a plethora of beautiful wrought iron stair railings, gateways, and balconies, as well as graceful doorways and archways. And you can’t fail to notice the peculiar marker “Private Road, Walk Your Horses” which is painted onto the columns that support intricate curled rod-iron gates leading into spacious private townhouse parking.

It’s worth a visit, as is other parts of Harlem.
Written 5 October 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We went on a walking tour of Harlem and our guide pointed out Strivers Row. The buildings are very impressive and historically significant. It's a very pleasant neighborhood. The architecture and structures are notable for the quality of their execution. By the way, our guide said the minimum price for a residence in Strivers Row is $5 million.
Written 31 December 2020
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Jacqueline E
New York City, NY417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This is a landmark neighborhood that you can explore on your own. They are all private family homes. Many of the homes have been renovated not restored to their original beauty and details on the inside. Sidewalk are slightly wider on the uptown side of the street. These brownstones features alleyways behind the homes since they had horse-drawn carriages they keep behind their homes and barns for the horses. They are nice to look at the area has changed a lot over the years with great eats close by. Maybe a guided tour may provide some detailed history however since I live three blocks away I’ve not sought out that experience. I simply enjoy the neighborhood when walking the dog.
Written 26 May 2019
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mrdom
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Found a suggested Harlem walking tour online that included these streets. The buildings really are very nice, equal to many of the fancy downtown areas, although there’s more rubbish here.
Written 17 May 2019
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Partho G
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Wonderful architecture, beautifully preserved. Worth a detour to walk up and down. However, not much signage to provide information. Supply your own.
Written 27 December 2015
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Leendar
Albany, OR134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
Amazing row houses designed by leading architects of the time for low income needs. If you are interested in buildings and architecture, stop by and walk the neighborhood. By "the Seinfeld restaurant".
Written 27 October 2014
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eslywi
Cincinnati, OH11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
We went to Striver's row to see where legendary African-Ameircnas lived during Harlem's heyday. Many of the these buildings are on the National Historical landmarks, yet there are no historical markers or plaques indicating this.
Written 2 June 2014
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London_Travellers_09
London, UK374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Solo
we saw this on a sunny day and loved the sense of history that being there brought. we got quite a different sense of manhattan away from the 5th avenue crowds and the crush of tourists at all the major sites.
Written 14 January 2012
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