1 Ave., Fdr Dr., Bet. E. 111 St. And E. 114 St., Manhattan
New York, NY
- Parks: "Book a walking tour of East Harlem's murals with East Harlem Preservation (http://eastharlempreservation.org/) or the Historic Districts Council (www.hdc.org) for insight into this energetic enclave, walk to Fifth Avenue to visit Museum of the City of New York and the Museo del Barrio (good lunch spot); across Fifth Avenue is the Conservatory Garden, a gem."
- Best for Parks Because: Known for its multi-ethnic flavor, architecture, and as a hotbed of political activism that includes preserving the distinct qualities of this neighborhood.