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About the Harlem NOW Map

The HarlemNOW map, published in May, 2009, is cultureNOW's latest effort at taking the cultural pulse of a living New York City community.

In 2005, cultureNOW turned its attention uptown to focus on Harlem which is another community in transition. HarlemNOW is the third major mapping project. This project grew out of a semester-long class project in physical planning at Pratt Institute. The project began with research done by students of urban planning at the Pratt Institute, and from that foundation grew into database documenting the buildings, artworks, and civic and cultural institutions that make Harlem one of New York’s most enduringly vibrant communities. The physical map was published in 2009; the first copy was given to Governor Patterson on May 9, 2009 at a service event for AmeriCorps in Thomas Jefferson Park. To supplement the physical map, cultureNOW has put together a series of tours of the area. Walking tours were held on Sunday Aug 9th; self guided tours are posted online. cultureNOW has also partnered with the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter Planning and Urban Design Committee to host a symposium, Focus on Harlem: A Community in Transition. cultureNOW has begun recording a series of podcasts by community leaders, journalists, artists and architects who have lived or worked in Harlem that supplement the physical maps. Explore the neighborhood yourself with one of our walking tours, or even create and print your own tour.

Harlem NOW Map

To Print a neighborhood map
Central Park (Central Harlem)
St. Nicholas Park (Central Harlem)
Sugar Hill (Harmilton Heights)
Spanish Harlem
East Harlem (119th to 131st St)
East Harlem (129th to 145th St)
Audubon Terrace (Hamilton Heights)
City College of New York (Hamilton Heights)
125th St (Broadway to Seventh Avenue)
Columbia University (Morningside Heights)
Jackie Robinson Park (North Harlem)
Morningside Park (Central Harlem)
Marcus Garvey Park (Mount Morris)

Self Guided Tours
The Cultural Complex at Audubon Terrace
Cultural and Historical 125th Street
Harlem: The Capital of Black America lead by attorney and historian James Kaplan

Focus on Harlem: A Community in Transition

To purchase a map

How you experience HarlemNOW is up to you!
Funders for the HarlemNOW map
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts
American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter

The Team
Team Leaders:
Meghan Houser
Olivia Pei
Juliet Gensemer
Seetha Raghupathy
Jefferson Yang Mao
Project Team:
Stefan Barbic
David Giglio
Duo-La Gong
William Menking
Linda Miller
With Thanks to:
Barbara Askins
Joan Blumenfeld FAIA
Lance Jay Brown FAIA
Michael C. Caton
Charlotte Cohen
Michele Cohen
Jose Cruz
Amir Doleh
Alexander Drabyk
Marc Epstein
Colin Fleming
Ian Giblin
Jacqueline Hanley
Terry Hemphill
John Herrold
William Hon
Steven Houser
Ian Kazanowski
Aimee Keefer
Jonathan Kuhn
Chelsea Lipham
Jamila Ma
Gregory Mink
Jessica Moberg
Ahmed Motaseb
Marsha Nicholson
Kelly Pajek
Jean Parker PhiferFAIA
Kyla Pollara
Arn Regencia
Abigail Rosen
Sofia Sequenzia
Peggy Shepard
Carolyn Skiba
Staci Temple
Julia Voeghl