Many of my city New York City photos are taken in the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park or in midtown Manhattan. This time, I decided to take a magical mystery tour off my usual beaten path to El Barrio. The technical area spans from East 96th Street to 142nd Street between the East and Harlem Rivers and Fifth Avenue. Within these streets you can see murals on buildings, hear the sounds of Spanish music playing in the background and inhale aromas of Mexican and Spanish cooking everywhere you go.
The huge mural that runs the length of the building below was created to reflect the neighborhood in the 1970s-with portraits of its residents painted by artist Hank Prussing in 1978. It was later restored by artist Manuel Vega portraying the newer Latin influence within the community.
Below- La Calle de Pedro Pietri painted by street artist James De La Vega in 2004.
La Reina de la Salsa Celia Cruz on 103rd street by James De La Vega.
Gotta love New York!