You are going to see a theme guys. It’s summer in NYC so I’m in the mood to blog about the many glorious neighborhoods that make up the greatest city in the world! I still need to tell you all about my UK trip I went on in the spring but right now I want to cover east harlem aka Spanish Harlem aka El Barrio aka Nueva York!
Imagine being transformed a liiitttlle back in time. Imagine being transformed to the islands – Puerto Rico, Cuba, DR and maybe sort of Mexico too (only bc there’s a lot of Mexican joints in the hood!) But with a twist! That’s the beauty of this neighborhood. It’s not crazy different from other parts of the city but the ethnic makeup is vibrant and alive! Latin beats surround the streets and people seem to know others from around the block, as you see them all hanging out on the block, playing ball, blasting Latin or reggae beats chillen on the porch or hanging around a bodega.
El Barrio encompasses the area north of the upper east side (UES) and east 96th street to about 140th street. You know you are in the right hood when you see the big hill slope down (if you are walking down from Lexington ave) !
Unfortunately, it has a reputation for the highness unemployment rate, teen pregnancies, AIDS, drugs and homelessness. On a positive note, it’s notable for its contributions to Latin freestyle and Salsa music!!! What up JLo!!! There is an abundance of beautiful, beautiful art everywhere, as you will see from my pictures. Another fun fact: in February 2016, it was featured in the New York Times for being the next hot neighborhood!!!
I don’t need to tell you more. I need to SHOW you more. Check out some pics from my trek the past weekend: