The neighborhood known by Puerto Ricans as El Barrio is also known as Spanish Harlem or East Harlem. Spanning the blocks from East 96th St. north to E. 125 St. and Fifth Ave. to the East River, the neighborhood was originally home to a large Italian population. Following World War II an influx of Puerto Rican migrants transformed the neighborhood into El Barrio (Spanish for "neighborhood".) Today the neighborhood is home to a predominately Latino population, including Dominicans, Mexicans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans along with a growing number of Chinese and Korean immigrants.
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