Location: For decades, East Harlem's traditional southern border was East 96th street. However, thanks to the arrival of a multitude of market-rate rentals and condos (in new, as well as converted buildings) in the blocks just north of East 96th, the effective border moved up a couple of blocks west of Third Avenue.
Character: Long thought as one of the Manhattan's grittiest areas, East Harlem has been improving its image and its housing stocks for more than a decade. Gentrification started slowly, first "annexing" 96-97th Streets to the Upper East Side,then moving further, creeping up to higher streets. The population became genuinely mixed.
That said, the neighborhood (also called "El Barrio") still retains its Latin-flavored character of yesteryear, with many inexpensive eateries and a largely working-class, Spanish-speaking population.
Demographics: In the late 20th century, East 96th street (the neighborhood's erstwhile southern border) was one of the most famous socio-economic "boundaries" in North America: to the south of it lied the affluent Upper East Side and to the north - the significantly less affluent East Harlem, where within the span of a few blocks, the average household income plunged to only a fraction of its sub-East 96th value. That contrast has been softened and the border blurred somewhat by gentrification of the late 1990s and 2000s, to the point that blocks up to East 98th street are now considered to be part of the Upper East Side.
Gentrification aside, the population of East Harlem remains considerably less affluent than that of its southern neighbor. The neighborhood contains a significant number of housing projects run by the NYCHA (Carver, Lexington, Washington, Clinton, White, Metro North, Lehman, Johnson, Taft, Jefferson, Corsi, Wagner, Robinson, Lincoln).
Apartments & Real Estate
Other than housing developments (so-called "projects") of various sizes, the neighborhood contains mostly standard New York 4-to-6-story "tenement-type" housing. That said, in recent years more than a few "market-rate" rental and condo buildings have been built as well.
Selected Rental Buildings
See all East Harlem Rental Apartment Buildings (101 buildings)
Selected No-Fee Rental Listings
See all East Harlem No-Fee Rental Apartments (34 total)
Condo & Co-op Buildings
See all East Harlem Condo Apartment Buildings (26 buildings)
See our list of East Harlem Co-op Apartment Buildings (14 buildings)
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