Tag Archives: Spanish Harlem

Abrazo Fraternal del Barrio

With the lingering signs of the annual weeklong celebration of all things and people Puerto Rican still visible around Spanish Harlem, it’s hard to believe the 26th annual 116th Street (Abrazo Fraternal) Festival and 54th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor – Gil Scott-Heron

“Voice of black culture,” “polymath,” “musician and poet,” “spoken-word musician,” “composer, musician, poet, and author,” “godfather of rap,” “poet and music pioneer,” “influential poet/musician helped inspire rap, “US activist, poet and singer.” These are just a few of the headlines … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor – Julia de Burgos

When you walk Spanish Harlem, you are never too far from poet Julia de Burgos (1914-1953). From Manny Vega’s tile mural of her at 106th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Ave.), to the EHBCC banners with her image hanging from … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor – Art for Change

Living in Spanish Harlem is always fresh. Perhaps, not the air, but definitely the energy. Come spring, this neighborhood comes alive the second the faintest hint of sweet, warm springness touches El Barrio. It’s a good time to reflect on … Continue reading

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Sunset in the City

The New York skyline is a stunning site to behold. But the New York sky? Not so much. However, every once in awhile a beautiful sunset takes place from our vantage point in East Harlem. We may not have the … Continue reading

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The Neighborhood Puzzle

East Harlem is a puzzle. And we don’t mean “puzzle” as in a mysterious urban land that is difficult to comprehend (although that is true to a certain degree for every New York neighborhood). No, literally we have a real … Continue reading

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