East Harlem A.K.A. The Barrio A.K.A. Spanish Harlem has been going through a renaissance of sorts in recent years with many new condo developments going up, but it still retains the spirit and the flavor of the people. There are great restaurants for you to stop in and take rest while taking your walking tour. Take a look at this map. It is a great one for you to print up and take with you on your walking tour of East Harlem, New York. You can easily make the locations of the special places you want to see and plot your route.
East Harlem actually goes as far north as 125th Street, which is the main shopping area. This make it about a mile and a half long from north to south and about a quarter of a mile wide in most places. I would plan to walk east and west, west to east. Start out early in the day. You do not have to worry about taking the subway during rush hour when going north. The majority of the passengers will be heading south to the business districts, so the trains should be relatively empty.
Stop in at the restaurants and ask the workers for recommendations on what to see. They usually know some interesting out of the way places that tourists usually miss.
El Museo del Barrio
This is the only museum in New York that focuses on the cultures of the Caribbean and Latin America. You might want to stop in for a quick visit on your walking tour of East Harlem New York, pick up some information and make plans to come back when you can devote more time.
The Museum of the City of New York
This is another museum that you may want to spend a day in. Come in when on your walking tour and visit some of the exhibits. It is a good way to get out of the sun and take a rest also. There are a great many things here that the kids will love also.
The National Museum of Catholic Art and History
They are not open every day, so give them a call before you come. The art and exhibits are beautiful, a very relaxing place to visit
St. Cecilia’s Church
St. Cecilia’s Church is an historic building, having been around since 1883.
Dana Discovery Center
The Dana Discovery Center is part of Central Park and great place to just come and rest, have a picnic lunch or grab a meal from one of the park vendors. The kids will have fun participating in the catch and release fishing.
Thomas Jefferson Park
Thomas Jefferson Park is just a bit above the mid way point, right by the FDR drive and the East River and a great place to come a take a rest. Take some time to walk around the park too, it is not that large, only 15 acres and it is a nice break to walk on some grass after all the concrete. Make sure you stop and the see the sculpture entitled Tomorrow’s Wind. It is one of the highlights