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6.2 out of 10

East Harlem

Ranked 30th best neighborhood in Manhattan
40.7938685787414 -73.9414199798625
Great for
  • Parking
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Tourists


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5

"All People Commenting are White"

East Harlem is a very beautiful neighborhood and I've lived here for over 10 years. Most people speaking about crime rates and uncleanliness sound very microagressionist. New York City overall is very dirty it smells strange unless you're in an uber rich neighborhood. Soho reeks of trash in the summer and has rats fighting in trashcans.

Crime rates have decreased and yes some people make you uncomfortable but have some common sense and don't go out at 2 am expecting to meet a lovely person. Also the crime rates and people go for all around the city.

I've met so many lovely people in East Harlem, they stand up and support one another.

You really get the feeling of being in a community, neighbors talk to one another. I was almost hit by a car a few months ago and a few ladies I've never spoken to rushed to help me and yelled at the man driving.

Overall its a beautiful place to live. Lots of restaurants (not just pizza like the rest of the city) chinese, mexican, dominican, italian, and cuban food. The community is diverse and full of life. I love living here.
  • affordable rents
  • 6 line
JohnJ9 East Harlem is up and coming, but there are areas to stay away from. I've lived at Lenox Terrace for 3 years. 129th street was shut down for 3 months due to Gang violence. Over the last couple of months there have been several shootings from 116th up to 132nd street on 5th. 2 of which have happened on 132nd street and 5th, 1 of those 2 nights ago and the other 1 month ago same corner.
We moved here with high hopes but are disappointed with management and how they handle and support tenants and building issues. There are areas that are safe but in my opinion undesirable and not worth thr rent. As far as neighbors helping, that's bull in my hood. People would rather jump in front of a pregnant woman on a train or elevator. No class and no courtesy. This is my experience in E Harlem. Don't bother, move to Astoria.
TommyO Stay out of El Barrio we did find without you for many many years.
GregM1 Is this where the Beautiful singers of the 1960 s girl group the Ronnetes are from or Washington Heights? Estelle Bennet/Veronica Benneet and Nedra Talley?
StellaW1 129th Street was shut down for gang violence?!!!!! Someone's been watching too many movies from the 1980s! This is a lovely neighborhood, haven't heard about gang violence in lower Harlem since the early 90s. It's a lovely place.
But bigots like you should stay away!!
SarahS16 Why is he a bigot? Because he acknowledged there are gangs? There are gangs. Read the news.
robertc7 I live in Dallas Tx and there is violence everywhere. But I always wanted to live in NYC. Especially Spanish harlem it has a rich culture. Im a social work and anthropology magor at UTArlington a city near Dallas tx . The only problem is I am on ssdi disability and the cost of living in NYC is more expensive than down here Ican work but im limited what iI can earn. I just got my section 8 down here. But if I could transfer to NYU and be able to transfer my section 8 and make a living even though im low income I would love to be a part of the community and I would hope to have a job in social services in Spanish harlem. But I dont know if it's possible
ronf1 Listen from a east harlem and a bronx resident. East Harlem is great like anywhere else who wants to be outside late at night there's weirdos in every part of new york city. East harlem is very nice, in my opinion nicer than lower manhattan a close knit community makes life easy everyone knows everyone people pull favors for each other it's not too fast pace but not slow its a great community to raise a child so all in all its a great community with pretty good schools.
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"The Last Place I'd Live"

East Harlem is the last place you want to live. In fact, I'd probably leave the city before I lived here.

Is there culture? Absolutely. Are there good restaurants? Absolutely. Is it safe? Unfortunately, it's not.

This may not be the case forever, but for now this is a neighborhood to avoid. Tourists should not venture out here and renters should look elsewhere. It's just a bad place.

The crime and criminals that lurk and loiter in East Harlem don't necessarily live in East Harlem. Most of them come to East Harlem from the outer boroughs. I don't know why there is, but something about the area invites mischief.

Likewise, not everyone who lives in East Harlem is a criminal. However, the area continues to suffer from high crime rates. A friend of mine is an NYPD officer stationed up there and his stories are sad and horrible.

To its credit, there are some excellent Latin-infused restaurants and cultural significance to the area. Likewise, many brownstones (with some renovation) could become lovely homes. I look forward to the day where it's safe for everyone to explore the potential of this area. Until that day comes, safety concerns will outweigh East Harlem's promise.

"Wouldn't recommend moving in, but there is culture to be had for visitors"

East Harlem borders on the affluent Upper East Side, but the two neighborhoods are worlds away from each other – not just because of the differences in residents’ incomes, but in the architecture of the apartment buildings (and housing projects), and outward appearance of shops and restaurants as well.
It’s no secret that neighborhoods that have their share of poverty also have their share of crime, and though the crime rates around here have dropped incredibly in the past decade or so, this neighborhood is not as safe as its neighbor the Upper East Side.
If you are a tourist looking for the scenes of Woody Allen films, you won’t find them here. But you will find a certain charm in these worn-out streets, and you will certainly find some pretty good comida latina at places like Don Pedro’s or Camaradas El Barrio (though don’t expect too much in the way of supermarkets).

Unranked Streets in East Harlem

2 Ave

"A little scary part of Harlem."
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3 Ave

"Rents are rising, so many are moving in here"
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East 105 St

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East 108 St

"East 108th (between 1st and 2nd) an oasis.. wide, open, airy, trees and wild life."
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East 111 St

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East 118 St

"Beautiful rose hidden amongst the thorns."
40.7986083358577 -73.9375352516462

East 126 St

"1st ave in the Upper East"
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East 128 St

"Busy Street Covering a Long Stretch"
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East 129 St

"Commercial In One Area and Residential in Another"
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"Nice street to live"
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