To taste this neighborhood's Harlem Renaissance days, walk down tree-lined Convent Avenue, detouring onto adjacent Hamilton Terrace, and see a time capsule of elegant stone row houses in mint condition. One of the neighborhood's most beautiful blocks, it's popular with film and TV crews. Continue down Convent Avenue and see the looming Gothic spires (1905) of City College. The stately Oxford-inspired buildings here are New York to the core: they are clad with the schist rock unearthed when the city was building what is now the 1 subway line. Otherwise, walk down 141st Street and visit the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, founding father Alexander Hamilton's Federal-style mansion. When you're ready to move on, head southeast, which will bring you to Strivers' Row.
Convent Ave., between 138th and 150th Sts., New York, New York, 10031, United States