West Harlem Movers

West Harlem Movers

West Harlem has a distinctive vibe that reflects its significant history and cultural diversity. This formerly industrial neighborhood is popular for its more affordable housing and convenience to other areas of NYC. West Harlem is defined east-west by St. Nicholas Avenue and the Hudson River, and north-south by West 135th Street and West 123rd Street. The main hub of this Uptown Manhattan neighborhood is 125th Street with its restaurants, bars, chain stores, and shops. Locally-owned stores and restaurants are grounded in several generations. Also known as Manhattanville, the neighborhood is home to about 23,000 people.

When it’s time to schedule your West Harlem move, be sure to include The Movers NYC in your plans. We provide a wide array of moving services and as Manhattan’s #1 moving company, we’re fully licensed, insured, and bonded. Our crews have extensive experience with West Harlem relocations – from moving to and from pre-war buildings – to managing your building’s specific moving rules and restrictions. Whether you’re moving locally or long distance, when you trust The Movers NYC to manage your move, your relocation will be faster, smoother, and easier.

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What to Know Before Moving to West Harlem

The History

West Harlem was and continues to be, a true melting pot of immigrants. When the Hudson River Railroad opened in 1850, the neighborhood became accessible to many Germans and Irish-Catholics. Jewish immigrants came to West Harlem after the Civil War and then in the early 20th century, Dominican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican immigrants arrived. The 1970s saw faculty and students from Columbia and Barnard College moving here because of the more affordable housing prices. Now that Columbia University has expanded into West Harlem, even more faculty, students, and young professionals have moved here.

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A view of West Harlem from Morningside Heights.


Attend concerts, readings, and seasonal yoga on the lawn at West Harlem Waterfront Park. At the West Harlem Piers, you can launch your kayak or canoe and drop your line in the water to catch some fish. St Nicholas Park, at the eastern border of the neighborhood, has trails, playgrounds, and picnic facilities. Venues on 125th Street offer varied entertainment such as dinner and jazz, brunch and gospel, and Swing Dance Nights. Although it’s not in West Harlem, Yankee Stadium is just 15 minutes northeast of the neighborhood by subway – a real plus for Yankee fans.

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The West Harlem Piers offer scenic views of the George Washington Bridge and the Hudson River. Photo credit Neal Stimler on Flickr.

Getting Around

Convenience is the name of the game in West Harlem. Out of a possible 100, the walk score is 97 and the transit score is 99, making the neighborhood a haven for walkers and commuters. The 125th Street Station conveniently serves West Harlem. Cyclists have it pretty easy too with flat streets and a bike score of 74.

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The People

Of the 23,000 people who live in West Harlem, about 63% are Hispanic, 26% African American, 8% White, and 2% Asian. The remaining 1% identify as two or more races or Native American. West Harlem is a destination for those who can enjoy less expensive housing than in the Upper West Side while still having the benefits of the Hudson River and great neighborhood parks close to home.

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The stairs at St. Nicholas Park evidence the hilly topography of upper Manhattan. Photo courtesy of Flickr.


Housing is available in a wide range of types, from pre-war brownstones, rowhouses, and mid-rises, to post-war condos and new developments. The seven-story 17 Convent is a newly developed condo building with a rooftop lounge, fitness room, and virtual doorman. New developments are selling and renting quickly due to high demand. Also, the student population makes the rental market very competitive. Housing costs in West Harlem are less than half that of neighborhoods like Tribeca, Greenwich Village, and SoHo. For those on a budget, it’s possible to own a home via the Housing Development Fund Corporation which requires buyers to meet defined income caps.

West Harlem’s Trusted Moving Company

As you plan your West Harlem move, write “Hire The Movers NYC” at the top of your to-do list. As Manhattan’s #1 mover, we offer superior customer service so your relocation will be smooth and easy. Whether you’re a Columbia professor moving within West Harlem or a family planning to move out of New York State, we personalize your move according to your needs. Take a look at the array of services we offer for your West Harlem move:

  • Local, long-distance, and international moves
  • Specialty moves including 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

When a West Harlem move is in your future, The Movers NYC are ready to step in and help. We provide top-rated, personalized moving services at competitive rates. Ask for your free moving quote now!

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