MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
El Museo del Barrio A museum dedicated to the art of Latin America and the Caribbean, and to Latino artists working in the New York area. 1230 FIFTH AVE., AT 104TH ST. 212/831-7272; www.elmuseo.org
Hispanic Society of America A turn-of-the-century museum preserved in amber, right down to the sleepy guards—the permanent exhibition is always sold out when it tours in Europe. 613 W. 155TH ST., AT BROADWAY; 212/926-2234; www.hispanicsociety.org
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture This branch of the New York Public Library hosts major exhibitions of African and African-American art. BROADWAY BTWN. 155TH AND 156TH STS. 212/491-2200; www.schomburgcenter.org
Storefront An artist's collaborative in a basement that exhibits accomplished, affordable work by young talents and sponsors "painting exchanges" among artists. 1838 ADAM CLAYTON POWELL JR. BLVD. 212/866-1838; www.storefront1838.com
Studio Museum in Harlem A center for modern and contemporary art. The museum has an ongoing exhibition of contemporary artists' photos of Harlem. One upcoming show will examine young African-American architects' visions for Harlem's future. 144 W. 125TH ST.; 212/864-4500; www.studiomuseum.org
Triple Candie This brick-walled art gallery, housed in a former brewery, is enormous—hence the emphasis on large-scale sculptures and installations. 461 W. 126TH ST.; 212/865-0783; www.triplecandie.org
Crime in New York City has continued its downward trend. Police statistics show Harlem's precincts to be as safe as other Manhattan precincts. As with any other city neighborhood, it is wise to stick to well-trafficked avenues when walking after dark.