Is Sylvan Court the tiniest alley in Manhattan?

Unpaved and demapped, little Sylvan Court is a half-block blind alley off 121st Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. It’s an extension of equally obscure Sylvan Place, which runs from 120th to 121st.

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The two-story houses on Sylvan Court were probably used as stables in the late 1800s, when Harlem was more of a sleepy village than the expansive urban neighborhood it would become by the early 20th century.

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The homes aren’t in the greatest shape; the alleys of the West Village and Brooklyn Heights feature similar carriage houses that have been lovingly restored, not left to the elements. But they sure are charming. Unlike other alleys and mews in the five boroughs, they don’t have landmark protection.

Sylvan Court shouldn’t be confused with Sylvan Terrace—a better-restored mews dozens of blocks northwest.

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5 Responses to “Is Sylvan Court the tiniest alley in Manhattan?”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    I have a recurring dream about a closed courtyard, that looks like this one with houses on three sides and where I ran in but now is blocked that I dare not turn around to look at what’s blocking my passage. All I keep doing is go to each doorway as I struggle to get ‘in’ or ‘out’…Yet in my dream there are more houses. Very weird, I think…Wonderful that this is Manhattan, at least I feel at home there.

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  3. Teresa Garcia Says:

    That little ally I used play their when I was a little girl with my freinds and family living in that little ally. Good memory. thank you

  4. alberto/cano 121st Says:

    My family own the house 2 sylvan court so many old memorys,I am talking about 45 years ago when ny was ny I went to the school across the street that was ps7 elementray so many changes since then my middle school was junior HS 45

  5. Jose Sierra Says:

    Wow Cano this is jose mikey’s brother we lived at 5 Sylvans place across from the park.

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