Borough Info > Manhattan: East Harlem
Culture, arts and sportsInfluential social establishments like CAMARADAS el barrio and La Fonda Boricua have become social and cultural beacons supporting the growing community and cultural preservation efforts in Spanish Harlem.
The area has two major museums, El Museo del Barrio, featuring Latin American and Caribbean art and culture and the Museum of the City of New York dedicated to collecting, preserving, and presenting original artifacts related to the history of New York City.
There is a diverse collection of religious institutions within the confines of East Harlem, including mosques, a Greek Orthodox monastery, several Roman Catholic churches, most notably the Holy Rosary Parish, and a traditional Russian Orthodox church.
East Harlem is also home to a major television studio, Metropolis, where shows like BET's 106 & Park and Chappelle's Show have been produced.
Residents looking for outdoor activity can go to Jefferson Park which follows the East River from 111th to 115th Streets, visit Marcus Garvey Park which stretches west from Madison Avenue along the early 120s and access the northern reaches of Central Park with its jogging trails, biking paths and playgrounds.
Food and diningFor grocery basics, multiple bodegas and chain supermarkets serve area residents.
Dining options are varied. La Hacienda serves great tacos and tortas. Orbit is a trendy Puerto Rican bar/music club that serves a mix of authentic cuisine - Italian and new American. The neighborhood features two classic Italian restaurants, Rao's and Patsy's Pizzeria.
ShoppingMost shops in East Harlem provide the necessities of every day life. But there are a few interesting venues including Everything Must Go, an easily overlooked gem that stocks neat racks of fashionable clothing, Hand Made in Puerto Rico, featuring colorful island crafts and a variety of Botanicas -- shops which sell religious artifacts for practicing the island-based worship of Santeria.
Subway: 4, 5, 6
MTA Bus: M60
Schools, colleges and universities
Private schools include The East Harlem School at Exodus House, a well respected independent middle school as well as a number of parochial schools, including St. Ann's Roman Catholic School.
Real EstateRespected museums, great apartments, and convenient transportation make this neighborhood one of the best values in Manhattan. If you look hard enough, you can find some of the largest apartments - always significantly below market value. It is a renters market - sublets are some of the best priced in the metropolitan area.
The are provides a mix of older railroad apartments and walk-ups as well as brand new upscale high rises offering luxury amenities like valet parking and free shuttle vans to nearby subways.
Affordable Latino flair.