Central Harlem’s soul stays alive through the city’s changing times | am New York

By John Ambrosio

Adam Clayton Powell

Residents in Central Harlem are working together to protect the neighborhood’s soul through its changing times.

The sense of community in the area is visible: Residents stop along the double-wide avenues to converse with neighbors and hang out together on their stoops.

Locals have a fondness for the nabe’s mom-and-pop shops and delicious restaurants that fill their bellies, according to Connie Lee, president of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

“Harlem is famous for its art and culture,” she said.

Nothing is more emblematic of Central Harlem’s artistic side than the iconic Apollo Theater on West 125th Street, which first opened in 1914.

Its churches, such as the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street and the Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on West 137th Street, constructed in the 1920s, contribute to the area’s historical value.

Read more: Central Harlem’s soul stays alive through the city’s changing times | am New York

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