Upper Yourkville aka Spanish Harlem
Posted Dec 1, 2015 on Hotels
Our visit to NYC was a Thanksgiving holiday getaway to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. We stayed at a different hotel near Harold Square which was convenient to getting to the parade. Then we transferred over to the Upper Yorkville Suites for the remainder of our stay in NYC. First of all I was completely shocked once I understood that I would not be staying in the Upper East Side but rather in Spanish Harlem across from public housing. The apts are literally sandwiched between a McDonalds and a hardware store. There is no attendant so you need to make sure you coordinate your arrival with the landlord, per their email. DO NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY! Otherwise you will find yourself waiting outside in a neighborhood that you may not feel totally comfortable or safe sitting outside with your luggage, family members, and other valuables. If you're into vibrancy then no prob, this hood won't phase you one bit. You will need to carry your own baggage upstairs (which is clearly disclosed). The hot water takes some time to warm up as well as the furnace, if you can figure out the radiator. I had to text the owner for directions. He was nice enough and walked me through the process. The apt is located one block away from the subway station and two blocks away from the park. So that was nice...but still offset by the public housing across the street and the panhandler outside of McDonalds.