Staying with Ali makes this stay in the City unique among many before. Ali is chill, welcoming and kind. I got to meet some of his friends, who not only shared their fascinating stories with me, but also invited me to a concert that night. I had the chance to have a peek at the night life of Manhattan like never before.
Ali's place is at the heart of Harlem. The neighborhood has been safe in my experience. The apartment is close to public transportation, 15 mins walk from the campus of Columbia university and minutes of walk away from many amazing restaurants. I grabbed food from an authentic Somalian restaurant as well as a popular local bakery.