A Fall Day on Convent Avenue

Fall leaves in Harlem

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.

A brownstone in Harlem, NYC

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.

City College of New York in Manhattan

City College of New York

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.

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

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.)

- Ryan

St. Phillips church in Harlem, New York

A basketball game outside of City College in New York


  1. The Slow Pace
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 05:55:32

    Fantastic fall pictures!


  2. Vanessa
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 17:44:02

    Lovely pictures! You really captured some great shots!



  3. Denise
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 18:16:19

    WOW – NYC always offers me a surprise. Now I can envision where my daughter is when she visits her friend, traveling from Fordham to that campus. Thanks for this post, your pictures are lovely, making me want to explore this area.


  4. Quiana
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 23:58:24

    You’re really making me miss my old neighborhood! You’ve really captured the essence of Hamilton Heights.


  5. patricia
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 13:05:39

    Just lovely, a little history lesson with some beautiful shots. NYC is truly a gem that extends so far north. Thanks for the inspiration!


  6. Chelsea S Jackson
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 17:57:01

    Hey what camera and lense did you use for theses? seems like a 35 or so on a full frame camera.


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Jul 08, 2013 @ 18:10:12

      Good eye! These were taken with a 17-40mm on a Canon 5D. -LR


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