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Located in a brilliantly re-imagined 19th century architectural gem, the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, may well provide you with the most wonderful evening of arts and architecture that you've never experienced in New York City!

Harlem Stage - The Gatehouse

The Harlem Stage Gatehouse

Our award-winning home is a very special, one-of-a-kind, 200 seat venue, where artists and audiences share an intimate experience at this historic landmark.

In 1981, The Harlem Stage Gatehouse, a key operations center for the Croton Aqueduct water system, designed by Frederick S. Cook and completed in 1890, was designated a New York City landmark; two years later it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1989, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection took the building out of service.

Now this extraordinary building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, flexible-space home for the arts. Re-imagined by Ohlhausen Dubois Architects, working with Wank Adams Slavin Associates, and the theater design firm Harvey Marshall Berling Associate, the building is Harlem Stage’s exciting new home.

With particular sensitivity to the architectural gem that exists independent of the wonderful performance that takes place within its halls, The Harlem Stage Gatehouse architects meticulously restored elements of the original structure, providing theater-goers with an opportunity to savor the high level of design and craft with which the city built more than a century ago. The expanded facility, incorporating a generously scaled terrace to the south, at once preserves the past, addresses the needs of the present, and prepares a community for the future.

Harlem Stage - Restaurants


Harlem Engage!

With its historic residential enclaves, iconic cultural institutions and world-famous nightlife, Harlem is unquestionably happening. Buoyed by an influx of new residents and emboldened by a tradition of culture and creativity, the neighborhood is a chockablock with high-end shops, restaurants, music halls and lounges. Sign-up for Harlem Engage! today and take advantage of amazing activities that reflect the vibrancy, energy and diversity of the one and only Harlem, USA.

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Go to and sign up to receive a downloadable free drink coupon at one of our participating restaurants.

Here’s a selection of some of our favorite neighborhood restaurants:
African Kiné Restaurant

256 West 116th Street
(212) 666-9400

Amy Ruth’s Restaurant

113 West 116th Street
(212) 280-8779

Bier International

2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
(646) 280-0944

Billie’s Black Gourmet Soul

271 West 119th Street
(212) 280-2248

Café One

1619 Amsterdam Avenue
(212) 690-0060

Chez Lucienne

308 Lenox Avenue
(212) 289-5555

Corner Social

321 Lenox Avenue
(212) 510-8552

Covo Trattoria

701 West 135th Street
(212) 234-9573

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 West 125th Street
(212) 694-1777

Hudson River Café

697 West 133rd Street
(212) 491-9111


2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
(646) 490-8578


300 West 114th Street
(212) 864-7777


161 Lenox Avenue at 118th Street
(212) 655-2525


125 La Salle Street
(212) 932-3500

Red Rooster

310 Lenox Avenue
(212) 792-9001

Sezz Medi

1260 Amsterdam Avenue
(212) 932-2901


328 Lenox Avenue at 126th Street
(212) 996-0660

Spoonbread Restaurants

547 Lenox Avenue at 137th Street
(212) 865-6744

Harlem Stage - Map

Hop on a Bus, Train or Taxi. Getting Here is a Snap.

Our Venues

The Harlem Stage Gatehouse is located at 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street across from Aaron Davis Hall.

Aaron Davis Hall (a three theater complex) is located on the campus of The City College of New York, between West 133rd and 135th Street on Convent Avenue.

By Train

From 145th Street walk 1 block west to Convent Avenue and 6 short blocks South through the beautiful CCNY campus, to 135th Street.
From 137th Street – City College walk 2 blocks South and 2 blocks East to 135th Street & Convent Avenue.
From 135th Street walk up the hill through St. Nicholas’ Park at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Walk 1 block West to 135th and Convent.
From 125th Street walk 1 block west to Morningside Avenue and 6 short blocks north to 135th Street & Convent Avenue.

By Bus

M-100 to 135th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
M-4, M-5 to 135th Street & Broadway

By Car

From 125th Street turn north onto Amsterdam Avenue. Turn east on 135th Street. The Gatehouse will be located on the south side of the street, on the corner of Convent Avenue.

The Harlen Stage Gatehouse

The Harlem Stage Gatehouse is fully accessible for patrons with mobility challenges. Entrance to the building is located on Convent Avenue via ramp located on West 135th Street. One lift is located in the tower that can transport patrons to theater level. Seating is available for wheelchair bound patrons.

Two restrooms are easily accessible from the main entrance lobby