Historic Sugar Hill | Take a Walk Through this Distinguished NY Neighborhood

by Denise Marie

This historic Harlem neighborhood 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 1920’s 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 neighborhood 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.

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Stately Homes

Visitors taking a walking tour of the neighborhood 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 neighborhood 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.

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