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East Harlem, also known popularly as El Barrio or Spanish Harlem, is north of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, running along the East and Harlem Rivers and backing up to the north end of Central Park. Traditionally an immigrant enclave, increasing numbers of young professionals are moving into this neighborhood, attracted by the low housing prices and vibrant community life.


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As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in New York, NY is $2,525 for a studio, $2,385 for one bedroom, $2,929 for two bedrooms, and $4,228 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in New York has increased by 0.2% in the past year.

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The western edge of southern East Harlem runs alongside the top of Central Park. Stop in to the incredibly beautiful Conservatory Park for a moment of peace and quiet, choosing between the English, French, and Italian gardens. The 11-acre lake known as Harlem Meer also provides a sense of tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of the city. Although no big annual events or festivals happen here in the north end of the park or in other East Harlem parks, just head south through Central Park to catch summertime concerts on the Great Lawn or theatrical experiences at the Delacorte Theater.

Jefferson Park features soccer fields, racquetball courts, basketball courts, a summer-only pool, ping-pong tables, and several playgrounds for the kids. Walk over the pedestrian bridge that spans FDR Drive to take a walk or jog along the Harlem River, or bring your dog to the park's dog run. As with all New York parks, entrance to these parks is free.


East River Plaza, a massive shopping complex along the East River in East Harlem, provides local residents with everything they need, thanks to the presence of Best Buy, Marshalls, Old Navy, Gamestop, Burlington Coat Factory, and Manhattan's only Target and Costco.

With the best kicks, hoodies, and T-shirts in East Harlem, Goliath RF on 105th Street meets all your streetwear needs. Stop in to see what's new in stock, and expect plenty of help from the friendly staff.

If you're a crafty type, you'll find Save A Thon Stores on Third Avenue a dream stop. Shop here for great deals on fabrics, cake decorating supplies, buttons, yarn and crafting kits. Keep an eye out for the classes taught in the back room.

Jahlookova Health Mart on Madison Avenue wins raving reviews for its juices, and you can also pick up nuts, grains, and other vegan groceries there. Wild Olive Market brings specialty and organic foods to Harlem, and locals rave about the craft beer choices and the salad bar. Head to El Tepeyac Grocery when you need Mexican food staples like queso fresco, flour tortillas, cilantro, and more. East Harlem locals also appreciate the neighborhood farmers markets, with the 97th Greenmarket opening its stalls on Fridays and the Mount Sinai Greenmarket on Wednesdays.


The cost of living in East Harlem runs about 4 percent lower than in the rest of New York City, which has become a motivating factor for the young professionals starting to move north. A one-bedroom apartment in East Harlem runs around $1,790 per month, quite a bit lower than much of Manhattan. If you're planning to keep a car in the city, get ready to pay about 11 percent more for gas than in the rest of the country. Stopping for a beer in East Harlem should run you about $4.


In 2016, the New York Times named East Harlem one of New York's "Next Hot Neighborhoods." It wasn't always that way -- this neighborhood had its fair share of struggles, especially in the late 1960s and '70s. But if you are searching for apartments in East Harlem, you know this is a neighborhood with plenty to offer. East Harlem was a latecomer to the New York scene, not being developed until the 1860s. By 1917, the population had already reached 90,000. Today, East Harlem is a vibrant blend of its past and its future -- newly-built luxury high-rises are popping up around the historical brownstones.

Explore the history of East Harlem by visiting the neighborhood museums. El Museo del Barrio explores the community's Hispanic influence and hosts a variety of events, such as Super Sabados. This monthly event has activities and art projects for kids. In the fall, you'll be able to watch the African American Day Parade as it heads down Madison Avenue. The Museum of New York offers a fantastic historical look at the city, from its historic buildings to its cultures. The National Jazz Museum, located on 129th Street, offers concerts, education, and entertainment.


East Harlem teems with small bistros, cafes, and bars that fuel the social life of the locals.

Enjoy the family-run vibe at Cascalote Latin Bistro on Second Avenue. Locals rave about the Sunday brunch with its tres leches pancakes and crab cakes Benedict. Stop in during the week for watermelon salad, short ribs with adobo sauce, or Brussels sprouts with chorizo. Wash it all down with the restaurant's classic sangria, or try the signature cocktail of tequila and grapefruit juice.

When only a juicy burger will do, head to Joy Burger Bar on Lexington Avenue. The restaurant serves turkey and veggie burgers as well, if you don't want beef. Make sure you order some chipotle mayo, mango chutney, or garlic mayo as dipping sauce for your fries.

If you have a special occasion to celebrate, take a trip into the past at Rao's on 114th Street. This old-school celebrity hangout features melt-in-your-mouth meatballs, lemon chicken, veal marsala, and seafood salad, among other traditional Italian specialties. Getting a table can be difficult, so make your reservations far in advance.

When it comes to nightlife, East Harlem gives you a wide range of exciting options. Head to Earl's Beer & Cheese for draft beers and the joint's signature grilled cheese, complete with pork belly and kim chi. Right next door, the Guthrie Inn may be an uptown bar, but it has a distinctly downtown, speakeasy vibe and serves up amazing cocktails. Lounge 108, not surprisingly on 108th Street, plays live salsa music on Saturdays and fills up fast with locals looking for some hot dance action. Camaradas El Barrio attracts a wide range of customers, ranging from students and older couples to young professionals and birthday groups, all of whom are attracted by the bar's live, up-and-coming bands, resident DJs, and tapas menu.


New York City's 4, 5, and 6 subway lines run straight through East Harlem, providing residents with easy connections to the Bronx, Brooklyn, and downtown Manhattan. Many bus lines also traverse the neighborhood, and commuter trains run straight from Harlem to Connecticut and Westchester County. Similar to those living in other areas of Manhattan, most residents here don't keep cars due to the high costs of parking and the congested streets. Those who do choose to drive have easy access to FDR Drive along the east side of the island, as well as to the Triboro Bridge, connecting Harlem to Queens and the Bronx. While it can be harder to find a taxi in Harlem than in points farther south, you can call Uber for a ride, and several private car services specialize in the Harlem and East Harlem areas. If you're looking for bike paths, you'll need to head west across the island to the West Side Highway Bike Path or Riverside Park. It's possible to commute by bike in East Harlem if you're courageous enough to cope with Manhattan traffic.


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Apartments for Rent in East Harlem, New York, NY

East Harlem, also known popularly as El Barrio or Spanish Harlem, is north of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, running along the East and Harlem Rivers and backing up to the north end of Central Park. Traditionally an immigrant enclave, increasing numbers of young professionals are moving into this neighborhood, attracted by the low housing prices and vibrant community life.

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