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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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.

Customer Reviews

SERENA C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide Lady K Fever was very informative, and to me the tour was eye-opening: so many different ways street artists have to express themselves! My 14yo nephew and budding artist and I loved every minute of it. Love the area too, we'd never adventure there if it weren't for this tour.
Thanks again.

Tracey A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was the highlight of our trip to New York. Our tour guide was Lady K Fever, a steet artist herself from Canada. Her enthusiasm and knowledge about the artists, their subjects and work was outstanding. We wanted to book a tour of the non traditional New York and this is what we got. Real people, real places nothing touristy about it. The stories behind the works were often sad but were needed to remind people about what happened in the area. The Graffiti wall of fame was amazing as well as the little works around the neighbourhood. If you want to see the real New York this is a trip to not to be missed. The instructions from the company to get to the meeting point were straight forward and easy to follow. Will definatley use this company again for future trips

Heather G

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Lots of interesting information about the area and the artists. Delayed start was unavoidable but the ending was not extended at all. Would have loved to have seen more.

Amy P

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

This tour was great! I don't know if there are different guides, but we had Lady K Fever and she was very informative. She was very familiar with the neighborhood. She also gave us eating recommendations near by. Great photos too!

arrastia_virgo

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2016

not as we expected... we toured a part of harlem which was by the outskirts and not into the very heart of it.... i wasnt completely satisfied as we only saw a few graffitis and the tour guide wasnt all that informative

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