A Fall Day on Convent Avenue
During a bike ride over the weekend, I found myself in the middle of Harlem in the middle of a beautiful fall day. After a few unsuccessful attempts to photograph an old theater, I gave up for the day and started riding around the neighborhood.
Running from just above 125th Street to 152nd Street, Convent Avenue is an almost storybook stretch of New York City, featuring beautiful brownstones and row houses.
The tree-lined street is so storybook, in fact, that Wes Anderson used it in filming The Royal Tenenbaums. Royal lived in 337 Convent Avenue, but every house on the block is equally charming.
A few blocks down on the Avenue is the breathtaking Gothic Revival campus of the City College of New York, a branch of the city’s university system. Just a few blocks long, City College’s campus easily rivals that of Columbia and Fordham University as far as beauty goes.
Steps away from Convent Avenue, you’ll find Hamilton Grange, the last home of founding father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton only had the privilege of living in his new home for two years, before his famous duel with Aaron Burr just across the Hudson River.
As the light began to fade on another short fall day I began to ride back downtown, wishing I had more time to explore the neighborhood’s other hidden gems. Next time you’re thinking of taking a stroll around the West Village, take the A train to 145 Street instead; you won’t regret it. (Or better yet—ride your bike up the Hudson River Greenway.)