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A new resource to help Harlemites subjected to gentrification abuses

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Harlem‘s gentrification continues.  There are arguments for the good and the bad of it.  But one thing for certain is that there are abuses and resources to help people impacted by them deal with them.

One such resource has been created by The New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency.  It is a Tenant Protection Unit.  It is specifically designed to “protect the rights of rent regulated tenants” and “detect landlords’ fraudulent acts and non-compliance with housing law.”

Click here for more on this important topic.

FILM: Changing Face of Harlem by Shawn Batey

The Changing Face of Harlem Via HarlemCondoLife.com

The Changing Face of Harlem is a new one-hour documentary that examines the revitalization of Harlem told through the deeply personal stories of its residents, small business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy.

The piece takes a critical look at Harlem’s history, early development, and its present transformation, and highlights how a community deals with the challenge of maintaining identity while accepting change.

Three central characters serve as a thread throughout the film providing personal insight into the changes.

Frank, affectionately known as the “mayor of 114th street,” has lived on the same block since the 1940.  Tekima, a florist located in Mart 125 located across from the Apollo Theater on 125th street, opened in 1986.  Asadah, an educator who teaches youth in East Harlem.

Other contributors include Congressman Charlie Rangel, Rev. Calvin Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church, local architect Zevilla Preston, Nellie Bailey, Director of Harlem Tenants Alliance, Karen Phillips, co-founder of Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Russell and Maurice Grey, father and son owners of Edward Sisters Realty, a black owned and operated agency that has serviced the Harlem community for three generations.

via About The Film | Changing Face of Harlem.

Southwest Harlem is HOT & POPPIN!

By HarlemGuy

The January 8th edition of AMNY had a wonderful article written by Marleene Naanes entitled “Harlem’s Hot ‘pocket’” (PDF format – start on page 20).  

It’s all about the HOT  little Southwest corner of Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (aka 8th Avenue; the “continuation” of  Central Park West above 110th street) from 110th to 125th.    

The GREAT NEWS about this southwestern corridor (the “Gateway To Harlem” also known as  ”SOHA” for South Harlem) only gets BETTER and BETTER with each passing day.    

It’s HOT AND POPPIN’!

The article features informative mini reviews of various establishments  including museums, lounges and restaurants: The Studio Museum, 67 Orange, Africa Kine, Patisserie Des Ambassades just to name a few.

Below is an excerpt.

“Anyone who hasn’t walked through this pocket of Harlem in a while certainly won’t recognize it today. 

With health-food shops, upscale lounges, a trendy wine bar and florist, this neighborhood could be mistaken for a downtown enclave. A Starbucks, a soon-to-open Subway shop and new banks have only furthered its gentrification.  

‘Harlem got a lot more convenient,’ said lifelong resident Sharon Grimes, 39. ‘You have uptown life with a downtown feel.’  

‘It’s the best pocket in Harlem,’ said Carlos Aguila, owner of health food store Karrot, which he opened four years ago when crack still had a hold on the neighborhood. ‘It’s an aggressive pocket of gentrification and revitalization.’ 

Young single folks and new families alike have flocked to the area, which boasts nearby parks, restaurants galore, new lounges and bigger Manhattan homes for less money. Residents say they love that people know each other and aren’t afraid to say hi to passing strangers.”

HarlemCondoLife has previously reported on this and other related real estate news on this blog.    Below are few informative entries you may want to read.

HarlemCondoLife has profiled many of the establishments mentioned in the article on our blog, on Urbanspoon and/or via Twitter.    Check us out there as well.