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A Changing Harlem

I took these photos after a class I’m taking in Harlem (mostly along Frederick Douglass blvd between 125th and 119th Street).  Harlem has gone through some major changes in the last few decades.  From wikipedia:

New York’s revival in the late 20th century has led to renewal in Harlem as well. By 1995, Harlem was experiencing social and economic gentrification. Though the percentage of residents who are black peaked in 1950, the area remains predominantly black.

I had a chance  to walk around and soak in some of the life in the community.  It was great.  Enjoy the photos!

City Seminary of New York in Harlem

City Seminary of New York in Harlem

New cafe's and lots of gentrification.

New cafe's and lots of gentrification.

A local church in the community, "New Song Community Church"

A local church in the community, "New Song Community Church"

Street intersection ... so much history behind the street names.

Street intersection ... so much history behind the street names.

10-foot-tall bronze statue of Harriet Tubman in Harlem.  She's facing south and not north ... Any guesses why?

10-foot-tall bronze statue of Harriet Tubman in Harlem. She's facing south and not north .. Any guesses why?

New building in foreground, old building in the background.

New building in foreground, old building in the background.

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3 Responses to “A Changing Harlem”

  1. cinelle says:

    my old neighborhood.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Yes cinelle. Your former neighborhood is awesome. Hope the south is treating you well!

  3. Jason says:

    My neighborhood…well, I’m further east where the buildings aren’t all so shiny and new….yet.

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