We recently stumbled across the following description of what some describe as a “newly christened” neighborhood in Harlem on StreetEasy.
“Upper Carnegie Hill: Encompassing Mount Sinai Hospital and the eastern edge of Central Park, Upper Carnegie Hill is a well-respected area that is off the beaten path. “Museum Row” stretches through Upper Carnegie Hill to the end of Central Park, offering a nice walk with beautiful architecture. Like the rest of Carnegie Hill, Upper Carnegie Hill has maintained a high degree of historic integrity; however, its proximity to the northern, less affluent neighborhoods and public housing works to the north is a source of tension for wealthier residents.”
The history of Carnegie Hill is fascinating. And here is a good albeit dated piece to read if you are thinking of living in Carnegie Hill.
More fascinating still is the concept that what has traditionally been known as East Harlem or Spanish Harlem is now also being called Upper Carnegie Hill. Much like the emergence of South Harlem (SOHA) which depending on who you ask runs from 110th and Morningside Avenue to 116th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. aka 7the avenue. Or the fact that recently during Channel 7’s coverage of services for Nelson Mandela at Riverside Church, the TV displayed “Harlem” while the reporter stated “MorningSide Heights”.
This will certainly be an ongoing discussion topic as we try to answer the question: where does Harlem begin and end? The answer is important both in terms of physical boundaries as well as from a cultural and historic perspective.
East Harlem native, director Andrew J Padilla, whose grandparents left Puerto Rico for El Barrio sixty years ago, explores the effects of gentrification on Spanish Harlem’s working-class community. The largest Puerto Rican neighborhood in the 50 states
Winner of the 2012 Puerto Rican International Film Festival’s Best Documentary Short.
Premiere of El Barrio Tours in East Harlem
Friday April 5th, at 6:30pm
CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
2180 Third Avenue
(119th Street & 3rd Avenue)
Panel to follow screening:
Judge Edwin Torres (Writer of “Carlito’s Way”)
Arlene Davila (NYU Professor/Writer)
Harold DeRienzo (Director of Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association)
Victor Bach (Coordinator of the NYC Alliance to Preserve Public Housing)
Andrew J. Padilla (“El Barrio Tours” Creator)
Musical Performance by the Legacy Women Afro Caribbean Drumming Troupe
Hosted by CUNY School of Public Health
(Community Health Education Program)
Sponsored By East Harlem Preservation
Originally, the film was supposed to explore these issues through an examination of my grandfather Jose Antonio Padilla Sr.’s 60 year stay in El Barrio, but he passed in 2011. This film is dedicated to him.
“You would give up your career if you lost your voice for good, or if the impresarios stopped calling, or the audiences stopped coming. But as long as those things are there, I don’t plan to stop. There is nothing that makes me feel better than to be with my public.”
Great Party tonight worth checking out in Spanish Harlem! !WEPA! Wednesday, August 24 ‘ 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Museu del Barrio an outdoor summer FREE event and YES, FREE access to the the Gallery for this event….Miller Cruz is honored to play with resident DJ/Producer Antonio Ocassio and Guest John Toto Rivera some Afro Latin House with with a mix of Brazilian Afro House. One of the best Brazilian Percussionist Ze Mauricio will spicy up this Latin/Brazilian Afro House feast… 6PM till 9PM… 1230 5th Ave (104th ST)