We stayed in one of Dennis`s 119th Street Harlem apartments for 4 days in mid October. We found Dennis to be a very experienced hospitable host with a professionally run three (I think) brownstone apartments in a quiet street just off the main (Malcolm X) boulevard,
The apartment was large, sensibly refurbished and had all the utensils / furniture etc we needed. Dennis the owner knows the area and was a good source of advice. The New York subway system works - but needs to be thought through somewhat first if you haven`t used US subways previously.
We were initially a bit "wary" of staying in Harlem but we absolutely didn`t need to be and it was certainly much quieter and quite possibly safer than the near-Times- Square (39th Street) hotel we had stayed in several weeks before. more