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A strong community with a history of diverse cultures.
Studio / 1 BR
52% Complete
2,037
2 Bedrooms
63% Complete
2,450
3 Bedrooms
78% Complete
3,050
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
3,900

Good For
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • Professionals
  • Singles

 

What's around
  • 396 Shops
  • 60 Schools
  • 130 Grocery stores/markets
  • 19 Banks
  • 27 Nightlife options
  • 58 Fitness options
  • 448 Restaurants

 


PUBLIC TRANSITExcellent

WALKABILITYExcellent
Safety

East Harlem has an above average violent crime rate and a below average property crime rate for New York City.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN East Harlem LIKE?

East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio, is a diverse uptown Manhattan neighborhood. Like many uptown areas it's been going through transition, but gentrification isn't felt consistently across the neighborhood. So while brand new developments and renovated walk-ups offer housing to new, affluent residents, there are still sections of poorer tenement housing. East Harlem also has one of the highest concentrations of public housing in the city. Crime has fallen in many parts of this neigbhorhood but you should still exercise caution, particularly at night.

But overall East Harlem has a lot of pride and a strong sense of community. It was once a popular area for Italian immigrants until the 1930s, then became predominantly Puerto Rican for decades, and recent years have brought an influx of Mexicans, Dominicans, and New Yorkers fleeing more expensive parts of the city. Murals throughout the neighborhood illustrate its fluid history.

The neighborhood is a foodie paradise, with street stalls offering Mexican food next to impossible-to-get-into Italian restaurants. A number of highly rated burger joints dot the area.

The East River Plaza is a large shopping center with several big box retailers, including Costco, Target, and PetSmart.

East Harlem is bordered on the north by north and the east by the Harlem River, on the south by the Upper East Side, and on the west by Central Park and Harlem.

 

Commute:
Wall Street: 9 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 5 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 25 miles / 40-70 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit

East Harlem New York City Neighborhood Photo

 

Local Flavor   East Harlem LOCAL schools

PK-8 GRADES
Lubavitcher Yeshiva
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.11 mi
9-12 GRADES
Machon Chana
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.12 mi
PK-12 GRADES
Bnos Menachem
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.12 mi
PK-5 GRADES
Ps 221 Tossaint L Ouverture
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.13 mi
K-2 GRADES
Citizens of the World Charter School 2
Parent Rating:
Type:Charter
Distance:0.13 mi

 

Local Flavor   East Harlem Local Flavor

Rao's
Rao's 455 E 114TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10029 MAP
www.raos.com

Rao's has been around since 1896. This causal Italian restaurant continues to attract people (and celebs) from all over the city.

El Paso Taqueria
El Paso Taqueria 64 E 97TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10029 MAP
www.yelp.com/biz/el-paso-taqueria-new-york-3

This tiny spot has just a couple tables, but locals rave about its delicious Mexican food. 

Museum of the City of New York
Museum of the City of New York 1220 5TH AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10029 MAP
http://mcny.org

Founded in 1923, this museum celebrates and interprets the city's history. Besides its collection, it also hosts public events throughout the year.

Patsy's
Patsy's 2287 1ST AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10035 MAP
www.thepatsyspizza.com

Patsy's Pizzeria first opened in 1933 and it's been a famous pizza joint ever since. Francis Ford Coppola used to hang out here.

Casablanca Meat Market
Casablanca Meat Market 127 E 110TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10029 MAP
www.yelp.com/biz/casablanca-meat-market-new-york

Founded in 1949, this bustling, family-owned butcher shop keeps El Barrio supplied with fresh cuts of chicken, beef and pork, as well as a selection of bacon, sausage, dried fish and cold cuts.

La Casa Azul Bookstore
La Casa Azul Bookstore 143 E 103RD ST, NEW YORK, NY 10029 MAP
www.lacasaazulbookstore.com/

This crowdfunded business is a bookstore, community space, and performing arts center all rolled into one.

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