Here's Why Manhattanville in Harlem Is a Neighborhood to Watch

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

By Karen Gastiaburo & Leanne Stella


Manhattanville is an intriguing neighborhood along the Hudson River spanning from 122nd Street to 135th Street and east to St. Nicholas Avenue. It showcases a mix of pre and post-war buildings, some new-development condominiums, and a small grouping of industrial buildings—many of which are taking on a new life.


Manhattanville - Upper Manhattan - New York City - Morningside park

Easy access to the waterfront, vibrant cultural offerings, express trains, and multiple parks— including Morningside Park, Saint Nicholas Park, and Riverside Park—are just some of the perks of the area, along with the soon-to-open Manhattanville Factory District and Columbia University's new campus, which includes the Wallach Art Gallery and Manhattanville Market.


Baylander Steel Beach - Manhattanville - Sunset

Some of our favorite haunts in Manhattanville include the seasonal Baylander Steel Beach for summer drinks at sunset, Maison Harlem for after-work gatherings, Pisticci for a delicious Italian meal, and The Craftsman for a craft cocktail and cool vibe.


Farmers Market - 114th and Broadway - Upper Manhattan

Among the best shopping destinations is the farmers market at 114th and Broadway. The vendors offer a variety of fresh mushrooms, microgreens, organic meats, poultry and seafood, honey, goat cheese, bread, and more. A new addition to the now-bustling waterfront area is the Uptown Night Market. Dubbed a celebration of cuisine, community, and culture, it will be held on the second Thursday of every month.


Manhattanville is also home to Harlem Stage, a performing arts center that has been dedicated to celebrating Harlem's cultural history through performances from artists of color for over 35 years. The center has a robust calendar of in-person and digital productions throughout the year, ranging from plays to live music.


The Manhattanville Factory District, comprising 126 to 128th Streets between Convent and Amsterdam, is also a neighborhood pocket to watch. As avid cyclists, every time we head to the greenway for a ride along the river, we witness another step in the transformation of this distinctive group of industrial buildings being reimagined as a 21st-century office and retail hub with public outdoor spaces.


It's a little tricky to envision the scale of it quite yet, but the area is soon to be a bustling uptown center with mixed-use developments, a college campus and riverfront walk, and a dense surrounding neighborhood with a wealth of quality outdoor spaces and cultural connections.


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