One of the notoriously good spots for food and weekend hangouts, the East Harlem Neighborhood is guaranteed to satisfy your culinary and cultural needs.
Welcome to the infamous East Harlem Neighborhood Guide — an in-depth look at what makes East Harlem truly unique as well as some information you might find interesting! Did you know East Harlem is also often referred to as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio?
Many New Yorkers refer to the neighborhood of East Harlem as a true treasure of culture and art, with its vibrant atmosphere and huge cultural scene. With landmarks like the Graffiti Hall of Fame and museums like El Museo Del Barrio, the neighborhood has a wide variety of cultural events to visit and experience.
East Harlem’s popularity and cultural vibrance is largely based in its contributions and artistic additions to the world of latin and salsa music. The constant bustle and culture has made the East Harlem Neighborhood a truly unique and authentic landmark of Manhattan. The delicious smell of Puerto Rican food and Mexican dishes often voyages throughout the neighborhood’s streets and can be accompanied by adjacent live music. The eclectic mix of authentic food as well as the music scene available in East Harlem makes the neighborhood an ideal go-to if you enjoy latin culture and is always a great weekend destination.
East Harlem’s close proximity to the Upper East Side makes it easy for you to visit the Museum Mile to enjoy an eventful weekend filled with Art. It is also in walking distance to the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. The East Harlem Neighborhood also boasts some of its exceptional art and galleries, such as the Museum of the City of New York and places like the Demolition Depot (where you can experience and see many restored pieces of foreclosed properties of New York — such as restaurant furniture and hotel pieces).
The majority of train lines running through East Harlem are the 4/5/6 Trains, the Q train and the 1/2/3 trains, making the transportation a viable and accessible to almost any neighborhood. There is also the bridge to Randalls Island and to the Bronx (Willis Ave Bridge & Third Ave Bridge) that make East Harlem’s location an attractive perk.
The Neighborhood is growing significantly in the past couple years, with many more luxury condos and co-op units being built in the southern parts of the East Harlem neighborhood.