Central Harlem Movers

Central Harlem, part of the greater Harlem area, is a neighborhood of vibrant diversity, traditional landmarks, and powerful African American culture and history. Central Harlem is a four- to a five-block-wide neighborhood that stretches between the Harlem River south to 110th Street on the northern edge of Central Park. Amid bustling culture, where traditions continue to be handed down from one generation to the next, is a friendly community-oriented neighborhood. Housing ranges from 19th-century brownstones and brick walk-up apartments to modern condos with inviting amenities.

Your move to, from, or within Central Harlem will be easy with The Movers NYC. With decades of industry experience, we understand the ins and outs of Central Harlem’s historic buildings with their narrow entryways and staircases. We work with you to learn what your specific moving challenges may be and then smooth the way for a safe and efficient transition. Whether you’re moving locally, long-distance, or internationally, our fully licensed, insured, and bonded moving company can expertly manage your relocation for you.

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What to Know Before Moving to Central Harlem

Here’s what to know before packing your bags and moving to Harlem:

Neighborhood History

The historical significance of Central Harlem is powerful. Originally a Dutch settlement in the late 1600s, by the 19th century Harlem was mainly occupied by Italian and Jewish Americans. In the early to mid 20th century, the Great Migration led African Americans North and many settled in Harlem. The intense artistic creativity of writers, musicians, actors, and theater companies birthed the Harlem Renaissance. Along with over 100 entertainment venues like the Savoy Ballroom and Renaissance Ballroom, Duke Ellington played at the Cotton Club, and the Apollo Theater featured top names in music, particularly jazz and soul. The Great Depression of the early 1930s hit Harlem hard, resulting in crime, unemployment, and poverty. Although fewer Blacks moved to Central Harlem after WWII, it remained the political and cultural capital of Black New York. Religion has played a strong role in Central Harlem culture. From national landmarks to storefronts, there are over 400 churches and Sunday gospel services are widespread. Starting in the mid-1990s to the present, Central Harlem began to gentrify and has become more ethnically diverse.

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A streetcorner in Harlem.


Shifts in the racial makeup of Central Harlem have occurred as a result of gentrification. The neighborhood is currently 63% African American, 22% Hispanic, 10% White, 2.5% Asian, and 2.5% other races. Central Harlem is split into North and South by 126th Street. The White population is more concentrated in Central Harlem South, the African American population is more heavily concentrated in Central Harlem North, and the Hispanic population is evenly dispersed between the two.

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The Apollo Theater is a music hall that has showcased famed musicians like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

Types of Buildings

Over 35 Central Harlem landmarks are officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places or on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and range from parks to streets and churches to apartments. Streets are lined with lovely 19th-century brownstones and brick apartment buildings with commercial stores on the ground level. Although there are many 19th-century building choices, rents are becoming competitive. The demand for housing has prompted more and more new condo housing to be developed.

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Walk Score and Public Transportation

Your daily errands and commute are easy in Central Harlem. The walk score is 97 and the transit score is 100. That means you can live in this neighborhood without a car. Six subway lines and 15 bus lines pass through Central Harlem. Flat but narrow streets shrink the bike score to 77, but still, it’s easy to bike in the neighborhood, especially with Citi Bike.

Central Harlem Attractions

Central Harlem is a creative mecca with galleries, museums, trendy restaurants, soul-food cafes, cocktail lounges, jazz clubs, and so much more. The Apollo Theater launched the careers of entertainment royalty such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and James Brown. Today, the Apollo still hosts musical, comedic, and educational events plus Amateur Nights every Wednesday. El Museo del Barrio focuses on artists of color. The 6,500-object collection spans 800 years. Sylvia’s Restaurant has been serving up Southern comfort food for around 60 years and continues to draw crowds for the classics. Langston Hughes was the leader of the Harlem Renaissance. His home, on the National Register of Historic Places, is now home of I, Too Arts Collective. Historic Jackie Robinson Park and Recreation Center creates a strong bond with the community through its extensive amenities. St. Nicholas Park, Morningside Park, and Marcus Garvey Park also offer lush green spaces.

Beautiful brownstones line many of Harlem’s streets.

Central Harlem’s Trusted Moving Company

When it’s time to move, worries and hassles can accumulate fast. Plan a stress-free Central Harlem move with The Movers NYC. Trusted and highly experienced, we’re a fully licensed, insured, and bonded Manhattan-based moving company. Providing the best customer service in the industry, our goal is your complete satisfaction. Whatever your specific needs, we offer the following moving services:

  • Local, long-distance, and international moves
  • Specialty moves: art, antiques, pianos, white-glove services, and more
  • Residential and commercial moving services
  • Last-minute and same-day moves
  • Full-service moving and packing options available

You can move to, from, or within Central Harlem efficiently, safely, and without stress when you go with The Movers NYC. Free quotes are fast and easy. Request yours now!

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