Spanish Harlem Movers

Spanish Harlem Movers

El Barrio, East Harlem, Spanish Harlem – this vibrant and diverse Manhattan neighborhood goes by several names – but everyone in the know is aware that it’s a community full of excitement, creativity, energy, and pride. Spanish Harlem is located east-west between the Harlem and East Rivers to 5th Avenue and north-south from 143rd Street to the Upper East Side at E 96th Street. El Barrio, on the cusp of gentrification, is a cultural melting pot and a culinary haven where foodies flock to the amazing Latino food stalls and restaurants.

If you’re planning to move to, from, or within Spanish Harlem, trust The Movers NYC to make your move fast, efficient, and hassle-free. Our budget-friendly moving services include everything from local to long-distance and storage to full-service moves. We’re fully bonded, insured, and licensed and with our top-rated customer service, you won’t have to worry about your belongings or get worked up and anxious over moving stresses. The Movers NYC is your relocation haven!

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What to Know Before Moving to Spanish Harlem


Before World War I, Spanish Harlem was inhabited mainly by Italian immigrants and was known as Manhattan’s first Little Italy. But after the war, when Puerto Rican immigrants settled in, the neighborhood became known as El Barrio. First and second-generation children of the original Puerto Rican immigrants established an artistic renaissance in the 1960s and 70s, much like the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

Neighborhood Transition

Gentrification is happening in Spanish Harlem, just like in many other Uptown Manhattan neighborhoods, but it isn’t happening in a consistent way. With one of Manhattan’s highest concentrations of public housing, much of the tenement housing will remain. However, along with renovations of pre-war buildings and new developments, yoga studios and trendy hipster shops are sprouting up at various points around the neighborhood.

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The Museum of the City of New York celebrates NYC’s diverse culture and heritage.

Foodie Mecca

Food is almost sacrosanct in Spanish Harlem. Ethnic to innovative, you’ll find everything from historical eateries like Rao’s, established in 1896, and Patsy’s Pizzeria, founded in 1933, to pub grub, refined small plates, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Afro-Caribbean, Spanish tapas, and amazing street stalls. Manhattanites and tourists seek out Spanish Harlem, particularly for its awesome food.

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Things to See and Do

No doubt about it – Spanish Harlem weaves a rich cultural tapestry of things to see and do. El Museo del Barrio, a result of the Spanish Harlem Renaissance, is a learning center, cultural hub, and exhibits a fantastic collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. It also showcases Latin American and Caribbean contemporary art. The Museum of the City of New York, established in 1932, is where you can view a living history of NYC. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem hosts lectures and performances related to the musical art form. The World Series of Stickball Community Gallery documents this popular street sport with memorabilia and how the game has evolved. Gallery shows, book signings, film screenings are just some of the events at La Casa Azul Bookstore. When you’re ready for the Spanish Harlem sound, visit Casa Latina Music Shop for specialties and collectibles. East River Plaza is popular for standard shopping needs and features big box stores like Target, Costco, and PetSmart.

Spanish Harlem has some beautiful green spaces. Thomas Jefferson Park, on the East River, has a pool, playground, dog park, and skate park. Farther north, you can cycle and stroll at the Harlem River Park. The Harlem Art Park is a lovely bench-lined plaza with unusual sculptures. Marcus Garvey Park has playgrounds, an outdoor pool, and a concert venue. Many playgrounds are found all over Spanish Harlem; some of the most notable are Each One Teach One Playground, James Weldon Johnson Playground, and the Crack Is Wack Playground.

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Ward’s Island Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Harlem River and connects East Harlem to Ward’s Island. Spanish Harlem has one of Manhattan’s highest concentrations of public housing as evidenced by the towers lining the river in the background. Photo credit Johan Wieland on Flickr.


Some of Manhattan’s most innovative educational programs are found in Spanish Harlem. Three primary schools, Central Park East I, II, and III, are known for their creative, progressive, and socially-aware learning approaches and competitive admissions standards. Based on parent ratings, James Weldon Johnson School, a PK-8 public school, gets five out of five stars. Charter K-8 Harbor Science and Arts Charter School also earns five stars. rates Success Academy Charter Schools-Harlem II & III with 8 out of 10 scores.

Who Lives in Spanish Harlem

This is just a shortlist of famous names who either were born in or lived in Spanish Harlem: Al Pacino, Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Bobby Darin, Burt Lancaster, and Alicia Keys. Today, East Harlem is a friendly, lively, diverse community of 41% Hispanic, 35% African American, 14% White, 8% Asian, and 1% two or more races.

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Central Park defines El Barrio’s western border. Residents have easy access to Central Park’s myriad amenities, including the manicured Conservatory Garden.

Spanish Harlem’s Trusted Moving Company

Spanish Harlem bustles with creative activity and excitement. But if you’re moving to, from, or within Spanish Harlem, you want your move to be less about excitement and more about efficiency and ease. At The Movers NYC, we have decades of moving experience that allows us to manage your Spanish Harlem move expertly, skillfully, and with as few hassles as possible. We offer an array of moving options in Manhattan:

  • Local, long-distance, and international moves
  • Specialty moves including art, antiques, pianos, white-glove services, and more
  • Residential and commercial moving services
  • Last-minute and same-day moves
  • Full-service moving and packing options available

The Movers NYC will ensure that your Spanish Harlem move lacks stressful excitement but is smooth and efficient. Are you ready? Get your free quote now!

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