En El Viejo Harlem Espanol (In Old Spanish Harlem)
I recently took a tour of Spanish Harlem in New York City with a photography club. I found it to be a vibrant and exciting community, a far cry from the gang and drug ridden community of years ago. It is a marvelous blend of traditional and modern, of street art and early 20th century architecture, of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban culture. Murals and wall paintings abound through which the artists make political and social commentary and document the history and culture of their community. I decided to focus on the people of the community and their juxtaposition with the art. Of course I could not resist the game of dominoes so prevalent in some Latin communities.
To see more views of East Harlem watch the slide show below