The neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan , New York City, which extend around the area north of the Upper East Side and bounded by Nineteenth Street to the south, Fifth Avenue to the west and the East and Harlem Rivers to the east and the northern part, are also referred to as El Barrio or East Harlem. It is usually not regarded as part of Harlem, despite its name.
The area is one of New York ‘s largest primarily Spanish neighborhoods, made up mostly of Puerto Ricans and of a small number of migrants from the countries of Dominica, Cuba and Mexico. The group has contributed greatly to the Latin freestyle and salsa music. The neighborhood of East Harlem, which was once known as Italian Harlem, still includes the remnants of an Italian community. Since 2000, the Chinese population in East Harlem has risen dramatically.
East Harlem, in the past, has suffered from a large number of social problems including a higher rate of crime, the highest jobless rate in the city of New York, teenage pregnancy, sickness, drug abuse and homelessness, and an asthma rate five times the average national average. The New York Times article in February 2016 listed East Harlem as one of four neighbourhoods that proposed re-zoning the city.
In Metropolis on 106th Street and Park Avenue, where shows such as BET’s 106 & Park and Chappelle’s Show have been made, the neighborhood housed one of the few major television studios north of Midtoow. PRdream.com was the founder of a media gallery and a multimedia filmmaking studio called MediaNoche in 2003, a website about Puerto Rican history and culture. The art exhibition space and residences for artists, filmmakers and webcasting activities are located on Park Avenue and 102nd Street, focused on technologies.
The main business hub of the Spanish Harlem district, historically East 116th Street from 5th Avenue east to the FDR Drive, is also worth visiting. Numerous taquerías and tamale dealers now make up the 116th street artery, which creates a sumptuous convergence of cuisines. A few streets away on 114th Street you can try to get seats for some fine Italian cuisine at the popular Rao’s. In lower East Harlem you might want to try some healthy servings of Japanese food at Ginger on 5th Avenue.
After a stroll around Central Park West, enjoy the northern reaches of Central Park. Due to Spanish Harlem ‘s predominantly residential setting, many hotels in the district lack. However, we recommend that you make a reservation at the relatively nearby Upper East Side if you want to remain near El Barrio.