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    WELCOME TO EAST HARLEM
    East Harlem is a daily mix of cultural, historical, and artistic fusion. Newcomers from all walks and origins continue to shape the local food, culture, and commerce scene.
    Neighborhood Tags
    • CULTURAL ENCLAVE
    • QUIET
    • DIVERSE & ECLECTIC
    • WALKUPS
    • BROWNSTONES
    • FOR FOODIES
    • ARTSY
    • ETHNIC ENCLAVE
    • HIDDEN GEM
    • UNDER THE RADAR
    • BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
    THE NEIGHBORS
    Long-time New York City residents seeking affordable housing options and first-time home buyers attracted to the up-and-coming real estate market.
    WHAT TO EXPECT
    A day-to-day lifestyle steeped in local-feeling routine and community pride.
    THE LIFESTYLE
    Casual and familiar. Family-owned restaurants and businesses add to the “know-your-neighbor” vibe.
    WHAT NOT TO EXPECT
    An upscale nightlife and dining scene or short downtown commutes.
    THE MARKET
    Affordable. Walk-ups and brownstone building apartments are most popular, with an increasing number of luxury condo and co-op units on the southern end of the neighborhood.
    YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
    The balance of cultural tradition, community-friendly spaces, and sense of growth.
     
    NEIGHBORHOOD TAGS
    • CULTURAL ENCLAVE
    • QUIET
    • DIVERSE & ECLECTIC
    • WALKUPS
    • BROWNSTONES
    • FOR FOODIES
    • ARTSY
    • ETHNIC ENCLAVE
    • HIDDEN GEM
    • UNDER THE RADAR
    • BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
    LOCATED IN UPTOWN MANHATTAN
    East to West Boundaries: The East River to Third Ave.
    North to South Boundaries: The Harlem River to East 96th St.
    Nearby Neighborhoods: Harlem and the Upper East Side
    Nearest Subways
    Commute Times
    Columbus Circle 34m by train, 21m by car
    Grand Central 25m by train, 22m by car
    Union Square 33m by train, 30m by car
    Wall Street 40m by train, 41m by car
    AROUND THE BLOCK
    EAST HARLEM:
    Historic Manhattan rich with cultural influences.
    East Harlem is a living, breathing, collision of vibrant immigrant communities. East Harlem has become a cultural haven, from its title as the birthplace of the salsa and the graffiti movements, to the home of dining landmarks such as Rao’s and Patsy’s Pizzeria.
    THE NEIGHBORS:
    Long-time New York City residents seeking affordable housing options and first-time home buyers attracted to the up-and-coming real estate market.
    East Harlem residents have homes and family roots dating back multiple decades and generations, while newcomers instantly feel -- and love -- the sense of place and community.
    Here more than nearly anywhere else in Manhattan, locally owned businesses are just that -- with pizzerias, taquerias, and bakeries spanning Latin America and Italy having been established, staffed, and run by residents that live within a few walking blocks.
    WHAT TO EXPECT:
    A day-to-day lifestyle steeped in local-feeling routine and community pride.
    Despite economic and population flux, East Harlem’s present-day education system is home to some of the best and most innovative programs in the city. The primary school trio known as Central Park East (Central Park East I, II, and III, respectively) boast competitive admissions standards and reputations for creative, comprehensive, socially-insightful approaches to learning.
    Those who live here also fall in love with the abundance of playgrounds and public green spaces like The Conservatory Garden in Central Park.
    Meanwhile, the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile -- home to The Jewish Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, the Guggenheim, and more -- are all within walking distance of neighborhood cultural gems such as the Museum of the City of New York.
    THE LIFESTYLE:
    Casual and familiar. Family-owned restaurants and businesses add to the “know-your-neighbor” vibe.
    No Spanish Harlem stroll would be complete without a sight, smell, or sound of Latin America or the Caribbean islands -- from soulful fusion supper clubs such as Camaradas, to sidewalks lined with carts selling Puerto Rican-born plantain mofongo and hand-blended Mexican “licuado” smoothies.
    The newly-developed East River Plaza at 116th Street -- home to Target, Old Navy, and an adjacent Costco -- boasts suburban convenience that lures both locals and midtown Manhattanites.
    WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:
    An upscale nightlife and dining scene or short downtown commutes.
    Residents looking for an abundance of upscale and trendy culture options might not be satisfied here. The live music and culinary options are among the most authentic in the city, but locals know to find designer labels, organic food markets, and trendy entertainment venues closer to midtown.
    THE MARKET:
    Affordable. Walk-ups and brownstone building apartments are most popular, with an increasing number of luxury condo and co-op units on the southern end of the neighborhood.
    Low-rise pre-war buildings are available throughout the neighborhood, and make up the majority of options as you move further north. Longtime (and knew residents in the know) also take advantage of a variety of rent-stabilized housing options. Land and space is more affordable in East Harlem and renters can get great value for a large apartment that they might not be able to find elsewhere.
    YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:
    The balance of cultural tradition, community-friendly spaces, and sense of growth.
    Through decades of cultural influx and socio-economic challenges, East Harlem has endured as a home for authentic cultural expression. From progressive after school and public education initiatives to landmark churches and eateries, East Harlem’s rapidly emerging future remains ever-rooted in a monumental past.