I do wish that there are more amenities though but think that will change with all the new condos being built around South Harlem.
In the past several years, this area has exploded with new development. It stalled a bit when the bottom dropped out of the market, but it now seems like I walk by a new construction site every day. I'm very excited about the South Harlem/Morningside area, as well as a few other areas in Manhattan where I feel the buyer's dollar is well-invested and the renter's monthly check provides them with space, convenience, and a front-row seat in an evolving neighborhood.
111th and Lenox is a stone's throw from the 2/3 train at 110th street, so in terms of proximity to transportation, you really can't do much better...and it's a 10-minute trip to Times Square (similarly-priced apartments can be 15, 20, 25 minutes from Midtown...and that's when the trains are running their regular express routes!)
If you want to talk more about your search, I'd be happy to tell you whatever I know--within the boundaries of legality, of course--and run a search for you.
Best of luck in your search.
Bond New York