East Harlem – aka Spanish Harlem or El Barrio – is a diverse neighborhood located on the northern end of Manhattan. The eastern border of East Harlem is defined by FDR Drive and the Harlem River. The neighborhood has convenient access to the subway, making it an ideal area for residents who don't own a vehicle.
East Harlem is known for its diversity. While there's a strong Latino population, the energetic atmosphere and accepting residents draw in people of all ages, races, sexuality and religions. There are only a few choices for nightlife hot spots in East Harlem, but there are endless opportunities to find authentic Latin cuisine. You can find a great meal whether you're craving Mexican, Haitian or Creole food and more.
The neighborhood is full of cultural experiences. The Graffiti Hall of Fame is located in East Harlem. The gallery features the designs of renowned artists who use walls as their canvas. Residents stop by to see the rich history of this taboo art form. El Museo del Barrio is a museum that displays the work of artists from all over the U.S. and its territories, including Puerto Rico. They hold events every season, including the popular annual Three Kings Day Parade. Marching bands and performers move through East Harlem representing the journey of the three wise men. The chosen performers dress in costume and pull camels.