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4 things you should check out in East Harlem

4 things you should check out in East Harlem

If you haven’t heard, East Harlem has a bad rap. From the absurdly high poverty and crime rates to the lack of fresh food, there isn’t too much to enjoy outside of the authentic cuisine. For those of you seeking inspiration in Spanish Harlem, like Dylan, King, and...Nora Roberts, you’ll quickly embrace the rugged mentality.

There’s way more to East Harlem than Red Rooster and gang violence. There’s a lively underbelly of the neighborhood set to be discovered.

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    Fencing Lesson
    Fencing Lesson

    Sheridan Fencing Academy

    Oh, you swashbuckling conquistador discovering the the streets of Spanish Harlem. Instead of fending off Harlem’s dense greenery--the vegetable section at the bodega--you’ll be fighting a human opponent...or stress. Mastering the fencing academy, get ready to conquer Spanish Harlem, but not like Cortez and Pizarro...no need to overtake a civilization.

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    Street Photography Workshop
    Street Photography Workshop

    Roberta Fineberg

    “There is a rose in Spanish Harlem/A red rose up in Spanish Harlem.” And you’re the one who’s going to photograph it. Laced with graffiti, cutesy bodegas, and mom-and-pop shops, you’ll uncover the greatest city in the world through a camera lens. Discover what Ben King meant by the rose in Spanish Harlem, maybe you’ll be kissed by a rose in the gray.

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    Discover Scuba: Weekend Executive Class -- disabled. vendor asked to be delisted (CS 3/23/16)
    Discover Scuba: Weekend Executive Class -- disabled. vendor asked to be delisted (CS 3/23/16)

    Adventure Scuba

    Most people don’t associate scuba diving with NYC--unless you’re in the Hudson searching for...something. Whether you’re trying to earn a scuba license before that trip to Aruba or you’re contemplating a swim to Queens, scuba lessons should be on your radar. Practicing in a test pool, you’ll master the basics. Although you won’t be petting Shamu or deep diving on your own, you’ll learn that scuba’s perfect for you.

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    Tae Kwon Do Sparring - All Levels Trial Class
    Tae Kwon Do Sparring - All Levels Trial Class

    Did you know Tae Kwon Do translates to “Break with foot, break with fist, way?” Here, you’ll be doing a lot of breaking--and not just the bank! Whether you’re trying to boost your biceps or gain a little street cred, Taekwondo works. Achieving perfect harmony between yourself and your environment, you’ll quickly realize how much you adore the East Harlem streets...and ninja tricks.

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