Harlem is an area rich in history, culture and social resistance, where arts and entertainments have flourished for over a century, creating some of the finest jazz musicians the world has known. Case in point is the internationally-renowned Boys Choir of Harlem performing around the world.
The diverse neighborhood offers a wide range of choices for anyone looking for a new home among a choice of row houses, new condos, studios, lofts and brownstones. Space is more plentiful here, and outdoor gardens and parking–extremely rare elsewhere in Manhattan–are a frequent and pleasant surprise. New buildings offer stunning views of the East River and the two East Side uptown bridges. East Harlem/El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) stretches from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue and from East 96th Street to East 125th Street.
The area is a find for lovers of foods from all over the world as well. From pizza to Creole and Indian, you’ll probably find it here.
New restaurants and shops have arrived, too, though cultural legends endure–the neighborhood still celebrates the city’s first Italian feast honoring Our Lady of Mount Carmel. East Harlem is also home to Metropolis, one of the few major television studios north of Midtown as well as a number of museums and cultural centers.
The newly-opened East River Plaza on 116th Street and FDR Drive has brought megastore convenience (Target, Best Buy, Marshall’s) to the area as well. A Metro-North Railroad Station at 125th Street, a 4-5-6 Lexington Avenue subway stop, and an entrance to the FDR Drive make this an access-friendly area.
When it comes to East Harlem Health and recreation, you can find vast stretches of greenery, ponds and lakes perfect for escaping the crowds on foot or by bike, there are plenty of ways to join in the fun in this enormous slice of wilderness Central Park and 843 acres, to be exact? In the city’s midst. Summer stage features top international names in popular live music; the Zoo is one of the nation’s best-known.
Harlem Meer & Central Park Conservatory Garden. Located near Harlem Meer in the northern end of Central Park, the six-acre Conservatory Garden is the park’s only formal garden. The Meer offers a free catch-and-release fishing program as well as a full calendar of parties and festivals in summer months.