This December, New York City tourists and residents alike are being encouraged to check out East Harlem/El Barrio, a neighborhood "full of hidden gems," according to George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization.

NYC & Company is featuring East Harlem in its December Neighborhood x Neighborhood initiative, which is "designed to increase visitation, support local businesses and encourage exploration in areas outside traditional tourist locations across the five boroughs. " The MNN El Barrio Community Media Center has been part of this vibrant community since 2012.

New York City will see over 5 million visitors during the holiday season, and East Harlem offers myriad shops, restaurants, historical sites and parks.