Harlem & East Harlem
Fifth Avenue serves as a spine separating East Harlem from Harlem proper between 110th and 125th Streets. Harlem is the great repository of New York’s African American cultural life while East Harlem is Manhattan’s historic Latin American center, its vibrant presence showcased on Fifth by El Museo del Barrio, some blocks south. Further north the vast Taft Houses project dominates the streetscape before giving way to the classic brownstone architecture of Marcus Garvey Park.
Possibly no stretch of Fifth so clearly illustrates the extremes of the city’s urban development both in form and function.