Serving Counter Culture Coffee, fresh teas from Rishi Tea, and a variety of pastries and sweets from Colson Patisserie, Balthazar Bakery and Ovenly. Free WiFi and a back patio that is open in the warmer months make this a great working spot for local freelancers and nearby Columbia students.
At the heart of this neighborhood is its rich African-American history, reflected in its vibrant culture today. It’s best known as the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance, a movement in the 1930s that set the social scene and expansion of African-American music, literature, dance, and art. A crowning jewel of Harlem is the Apollo Theater, a music hall which has hosted and helped launch the careers of many legendary performers, such as The Jackson 5 and Ella Fitzgerald. There’s plenty to do, see, and eat here, including civil-rights focused walking tours, the National Jazz Museum, and local favorite eateries like Melba’s for southern comfort food and Patsy’s for paper-thin crust pizza.