Spanish Harlem (El Barrio)
10 Essential Harlem Historic and Cultural Destinations to Explore on Foot
East of Fifth Avenue and north of 96th Street towards the Harlem and East Rivers
Also known as El Barrio, Spanish Harlem is bounded by the Harlem and East Rivers, Fifth Avenue, and 96th Street. The neighborhood is predominantly Puerto Rican with a sizable number of Dominican, Cuban, and Mexican multi-generational residents, in addition to a fast-growing Chinese population and remnants of being a previous enclave for Italians. There is history to uncover in Spanish Harlem, such as the Young Lords Organization, a Puerto Rican (and other Hispanic cultures) activist collective inspired by the Black Panther Party founded in 1968. Other must-try places include the world renowned El Museo museum featuring artists of Latin descent, and newer restaurants like Contento, who continue to add to the area’s rich culinary scene.