East Harlem

East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem and El Barrio, is a neighborhood with rich NYC History.  In the 1930’s with a predominant Italian community the neighborhood was known as “Italian Harlem”.  The original Patsy’s Pizzeria and one of the hardest table reservations in town “Rao’s”  are influences of this era. Since the 1960’s the

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About East Harlem

  • Boundaries

    96th - 128th East River to 5th Avenue

  • Nearby Subways

    4,5 (125)
    6 (110.116,125)

  • Schools and Parks

    Marcus Garvey Park, Thomas Jefferson Park

East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem and El Barrio, is a neighborhood with rich NYC History.  In the 1930’s with a predominant Italian community the neighborhood was known as “Italian Harlem”.  The original Patsy’s Pizzeria and one of the hardest table reservations in town “Rao’s”  are influences of this era. Since the 1960’s the neighborhood has been home to a vibrant Latino and Puerto Rican community.  Notable residents include Actor Al Pacino, former mayor Fiorello La Guardia,  musicians Tito Puente, Tupac Shakur, and Ray Baretto.

Fiorello La Guardia

Historical Figure

Fiorello La Guardia

Remembered by historians as one of the greatest mayors La Guardia got his political start as a congressmen representing East Harlem.  The West Side Highway, East River Drive, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Triborough Bridge, and two airports (Floyd Bennett Field, and, later, LaGuardia Airport) were built during his mayoralty.