Sugar Hill way up in Harlem

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Real Estate Agent with The Corcoran Group
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                            "Take the A Train Soon you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem"
 
 
Sugar Hill is a neighborhood in Harlem with a rich history, culture and affordable homes.
Beginning in the 1870s Harlem was the site of a massive wave of development which resulted in the construction of numerous new single-family row-houses and apartment houses. Many of these apartments, typically floor-throughs and duplexes come with town house amenities, like terraces, gardens, fireplaces, and uncommonly good light for Manhattan. 

During the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s affluent African-Americans began moving to Sugar Hill. "Sweet and Expensive," signifying that one had arrived, economically and socially. Sugar Hill was celebrated for its exclusivity and status. The Hill attracted those with talent, money, education, and social prominence.
 
The song “Take the ‘A’ Train,” written by Billy Strayhorn was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra commemorating the upscale neighborhood where they lived. Originally written in 1939 directions to get to his house by subway. The directions began: "Take the A Train" There was a new subway line and people were getting confused about the best way to get to Harlem. 
 
                                                Click to Listen To Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington
 
Sugar Hill historic district is from 145th Street to 155th Street and between Edgecombe and Amsterdam. According to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the rocky plateau that later became known as Sugar Hill was the setting for grand estates in the late 1700s and 1800s.
 
 
Sugar Hill, often considered part of Hamilton Heights, is almost entirely residential. It has rows of four- and five-story townhouses and handsome prewar apartment buildings.  Many are coops and affordable HDFC coops attracting a diversified mix of buyers.  


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Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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I'm not sure I've ever been to Sugar Hill, but thanks for the great history lesson.

Aug 08, 2015 10:05 PM #1
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
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Sounds wonderful.  Those old row houses have so much character and craftsmanship.  I just hope the interiors have not been destroyed through all these years.

Aug 08, 2015 10:24 PM #2
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Mitch. What an interesting history of a neighborhood I wasn't aware of......Have a great day.

Aug 08, 2015 11:02 PM #3
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Nina Hollander
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To someone who was raised in NYC, it's amazing to see the changes in places like Harlem and Brooklyn, which people were trying to escape 40-50 years ago and are now rediscovering!

Aug 09, 2015 12:05 AM #4
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Olga Simoncelli
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Mitch - there are some gorgeous townhomes in Harlem (on West and East side of town); so glad they are being restored to their former glory.

Aug 09, 2015 05:08 AM #5
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