Also known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio, East Harlem is a vibrant neighborhood beloved for its colorful street art, plentiful community gardens and relatively affordable real estate, which is attracting a lot of young artists and families to the neighborhood. While there are glass condos here and there, the buildings are mostly a mix of public housing developments, tenements and brownstones. Although the area is still lacking in family amenities, it has lots of other things to recommend it, including a wide array of family-owned and operated restaurants, awesome annual cultural celebrations like the Three Kings Day Parade and the Dance of the Giglio Festival, a lovely, lesser-known corner of Central Park and two world-class museums: El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York.
Our East Harlem Family Guide highlights the very best places to eat, play and experience with kids in the neighborhood. We hope you enjoy getting to know the area with your family.