Dancin’ in the Park, East Harlem Style

Every year Spanish Harlem lights up on the day before the National Puerto Rican Day Parade with a huge festival on 116th Street, music blasting all day, people out in the streets strutting their stuff, homemade cooking on every block…it’s just one big fun party from morning until late into the night. One of the highlights is a dance jam at the Lexington Academy playground on 104th & Lex. B-boys come out to compete and show off their moves. The DJ plays an amazing mix of old-school classics from hip hop to jazz to salsa, and neighborhood folks just let loose and get down.

In the summer you can also find the b-boys shaking it at the Spanish Harlem Hop in White Playground on 106th between Third & Lex every Thursday.

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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 NewYork.com, tweets for NFT, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various small companies like Google (for a gig at Zagat and Google Maps). In my free time, I like to create projects like this: Chinatown Chow Down NYC. Feel free to drop a line at across106thstreet@gmail.com or on twitter at @across106th.
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