Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill

This historic Harlem neighbourhood inspired the names of the rap record label Sugar Hill Records and the rap group The Sugarhill Gang, famous for their hit "Rapper's Delight". The community got its name in the 1920s when it became a popular place to live for wealthy African Americans who were enjoying “the sweet life.” Sugar Hill was designated a historic district in 2002.

A Sweet Place to Live

Located in the northern part of Harlem’s Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill looks out on the valley of Harlem. Residents enjoy lovely views that stretch past the Harlem River. During the Harlem Renaissance, notable figures made the stately neighbourhood their home including Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice and politician Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the first African American elected to Congress.

Stately Homes

Visitors taking a walking tour of the neighbourhood will experience the grand early 20th century architecture of the Sugar Hill brownstones. Designed in the Classical Revival style by architects such as Henri Fouchaux and George Frederick Pelham, the homes feature detailed facades and large living spaces. While the Sugar Hill residences are distinguished by distinct details they also all have a continuous style that links the neighbourhood together.

Visiting Sugar Hill in New York City

Sugar Hill is bordered to the north by 155th Street and to the south by 145th Street. Edgecombe Avenue borders the east and Amsterdam Avenue the west.

For a guide and map of the area visit the Experience Harlem website or click here to visit Sugar Hill official website.