Thanks to community activists and creative entrepreneurs, many historic buildings are being saved and adapted to fit the changing needs to the modern city.
11 well-known muralists descended on El Barrio in NYC as part of MonumentArt 2015. Giant murals were painted in public places from East Harlem to the Bronx.
The Historic Murals in El Barrio was one of this years Municipal Art Society's 'Jane's Walk' Tours. In conjuncition with East Harlem Preservation, we explored murals that depicted life in El Barrio over the past several decades. The murals tell the story of their rich history and love of art and music.
Founded in 1948, The Reece School in East Harlem is a colorful architectural surprise on 104th Street between Central Park and the Carver housing projects.
Hiram Maristany captured with his camera life in El Barrio in the 1960s and on, his photographs now on display at Hunter College Art Galleries in East Harlem.