6. Sugar Hill hosts one of the city’s newest-built arts institutions

Photo by Julia Vitullo-Martin for Untapped Cities

The David Adjaye-designed Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling rises gracefully above the northern edge of Sugar Hill. Completed in 2014, the structure is part of the larger development known as the Sugar Hill Project which houses art exhibitions and an artist residency. The museum is one of the newest-built arts institutions in New York City, presenting contemporary cultural programming for local residents and visitors alike.

Nearby Dance Theatre of Harlem, founded in 1969 during the Civil Rights movement, has made its home in Sugar Hill. The theater’s company was originally founded by the first Black principal dancer at the New York City ballet, Andrew Mitchell. Slightly farther south lies the prestigious Harlem Stage, a venue for BIPOC artists to present music, dance, and theatrical productions within a historic 1890s-era building.