• Tour code: 3368WRITING
  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Explore the history of New York’s street art and graffiti scene on this guided, 2-hour walking tour through East Harlem. No New York City neighborhood has more murals per square mile than East Harlem, aka El Barrio. Memorials, political statements, concept pieces — dozens of spray-painted masterpieces adorn the walls of buildings throughout this Upper Manhattan region, representing years of expression, rebellion and therapy for local artists. This tour is a fascinating history lesson on New York’s vibrant street culture.


  • A 2-hour walking tour of New York City’s street art, curated by a professional artist
  • Explore Harlem’s vibrant street art and graffiti scene
  • Learn about the local hip hop culture and its influences on art outside of Harlem
  • Photograph your favorite murals and other artworks
  • See the world-famous Graffiti Hall of Fame and the works of famed artist Manny Vega

What You Can Expect

East Harlem Street Art Walking Tour

East Harlem Street Art Walking Tour

East Harlem. El Barrio. Spanish Harlem. This Upper Manhattan neighborhood is one of the largest predominantly Latino communities in New York City, made up mostly of Puerto Ricans, as well as increasing numbers of Dominican, Salvadoran and Mexican immigrants.

East Harlem is noted for its contributions to salsa music and hip-hop, as this 2-hour jaunt through the streets of El Barrio demonstrates.

Meet and greet a professional artist who will curate the tour and provide a window into New York’s vibrant and historic street art and graffiti scene. The walls here are like canvasses for the region’s cultural past. Visit the popular Graffiti Hall of Fame in the courtyard of the Jackie Robinson Educational Complex, a place for the city’s talented graffiti artists to show off their skills on schoolyard walls since 1980.

What is the difference between street art and graffiti? Find out on this tour.

Check out the rotating exhibits at the East Harlem Café on Lexington Avenue and the mosaics of famous artist Manny Vega, a hip-hop visual artist. Finally, visit the Target East Harlem Community Garden with its lush, green lawn and East Harlem Preservation, a volunteer advocacy organization founded in 2005 to preserve and promote the neighborhood’s history and culture.

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