East Harlem

A dynamic energy emanates from East Harlem, a neighborhood notoriously rough around its edges.

East Harlem (El Barrio or Spanish Harlem, if you prefer) is growing accustomed to receiving visitors. This neighborhood’s vibrant roots are depicted through its large-scale murals, discussed in its museums, and revered by its members. The draw of its deep seeded traditions is matched by superb subway accessibility. Although East Harlem is gaining notoriety as a neighborhood to watch, it’s still raw at its core—especially after sunset.

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On the Map

East Harlem is within Harlem and Manhattan and bordered by Port Morris, Mott Haven, Upper East Side, and The Bronx

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Laguardia Airport: 15 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Wall Street / Financial District: 31 minutes by subway
Times Square: 25 minutes by subway

A Diverse Neighborhood Rooted In Community

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From its bus stop benches to its business' awnings, East Harlem keeps its neighborhood colorful.

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Community members gather in East Harlem's local businesses, churches, and community gardens.

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Spanish Harlem also known as El Barrio. SpaHa is a great example of NYC's diversity and cultural mix. Formerly Italian Harlem, some great Italian restaurants still call the area home. The neighborhood's predominant Latin community provides all the Latin variety of restaurants and bars you could ask for."

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Cameron Blaylock is a photographer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 Cameron received a European Diploma in Fine Arts from Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Having been a full-time Brooklyn resident for just over one year, the Airbnb Neighborhoods Project helped Cameron further understand and appreciate the massive, multi-layered, singular organism that is New York City.

Cameron Blaylock

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