East Harlem/El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) stretches from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue and from East 96th Street to East 125th Street.
The diverse neighborhood offers a wide range of choices for anyone looking for a new home among a choice of row houses, new condos, studios, lofts and brownstones. Space is more plentiful here, and outdoor gardens and parking—extremely rare elsewhere in Manhattan—are a frequent and pleasant surprise. New buildings offer stunning views of the East River and the two East Side uptown bridges.
The area is a find for lovers of foods from all over the world as well. From pizza to Creole and Indian, you'll probably find it here. New restaurants and shops have arrived, too, though cultural legends endure—the neighborhood still celebrates the City's first Italian feast honoring Our Lady of Mount Carmel. East Harlem is also home to Metropolis, one of the few major television studios north of Midtown as well as a number of museums and cultural centers.
The newly-opened East River Plaza on 116th Street and FDR Drive has brought megastore convenience (Target, Best Buy, Marshall's) to the area as well. A Metro-North Railroad Station at 125th Street, a 4-5-6 Lexington Avenue subway stop, and an entrance to the FDR Drive make this an access-friendly area.