Things to Do Must-See East Harlem
East Harlem, known as "El Barrio," is home to vibrant arts and culture.
Museums & GalleriesGay Gotham Exhibition
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ToursEast Harlem Street Art Walking Tour
Explore the roots of New York City’s street art on this 2-hour guided walking tour through East Harlem. See stencils, larger-than-life murals and other examples of the region’s vibrant and creative outdoor art scene. Learn about street art as expression, rebellion and therapy and what it says about the artists and community from your knowledgeable guide, a professional artist. See iconic landmarks and underground cultural spots on this fascinating foray into New York’s street culture.
Museums & Galleries El Museo del Barrio
About El Museo del Barrio: El Museo del Barrio—located on Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile in East Harlem—specializes in Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art, the only museum in New York City with these cultures at its core. While you're in the neighborhood: If you're in the mood to visit a restaurant whose menu features nearly every imaginable traditional Italian dish, simply walk north on Fifth Avenue until you reach Gran Piatto d'Oro. The typical flavors of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), though, are Latin ones—and they can be found throughout the area.
In the Neighborhood
Arts & Culture
Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora Institute
Hosts programs that celebrate the diverse cultures of the African Disapora.
Museums & Galleries
Poet’s Den Gallery and Theater
The Poet’s Den Gallery and Theater hosts art and photo exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, dance performances and dramatic productions—both original works and classics by the likes of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.
Museums & Galleries
World Series of Stickball Community Gallery/Stickball Hall of Fame
Stickball—a baseball variation specially developed to be played in busy urban areas that lacked parks and fields—flourished in New York City around the turn of the 20th century, thriving among the City's many immigrant communities.
Aromas Boutique Bakery & Cafe
Part old-school bakery, part modern-day coffee shop, Aromas whips up a wide array of freshly baked goods each day—including both traditional and gluten-free cookies and brownies, cupcakes, muffins, biscuits, sticky buns, croissants, cannoli, custom cakes for special occasions and seasonal holiday snacks like pumpkin cake and caramelized apple bread pudding.