Art on the Streets of East Harlem

If you spend an afternoon wandering around East Harlem, you’ll immediately notice all of the amazing street art. From gorgeous murals to brilliant graffiti to intricate tile designs, beauty is everywhere. But if you live here and stroll by these creations everyday, they start to blend into the background. Mission: to start highlighting some of these visually stimulating images that make this neighborhood great. Here’s a small sampling between 103rd Street and 108th Street from Lexington to Third Avenue.

Ultimate Meditation Center (107th just off of Third Ave). C. Nelson, 2011.

108th St & Third Ave. C. Nelson, 2011.

Mr DES 1000 at 108th & Third. C. Nelson, 2011.

Free Oscar and Avelino mural on 107th Street. C. Nelson, 2011.

The Spirit of East Harlem, by Hank Prussing and restored by Manny Vega in 1998. C. Nelson, 2011.

La Reina de la Salsa Celia Cruz on 103rd by James De La Vega. C. Nelson, 2011.

Sticker art by Manny Vega on 106th Street. C. Nelson, 2011.


About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various under-the-radar companies like Google. Feel free to drop a line at or on twitter at @across106th.
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7 Responses to Art on the Streets of East Harlem

  1. Linda says:

    I love the street art. Plan for next trip to NY NY is get some pics of the street art while there. I’m bookmarking you!

  2. Travelogged says:

    Great post! I love street art, and I feel like we have used to have more of it in NYC. I also like de la Vega’s street art (the goldfish, quotes, etc.) — I think he used to live in East Harlem but then went downtown…

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