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Monocolumn: A New Phase In The Harlem Renaissance

Monocolumn: A New Phase In The Harlem Renaissance
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There are few neighbourhoods that are as quintessentially New York as Harlem. Stretching from the top of Central Park all the way up to 155th Street, the area’s cultural diversity and history of boom and bust have led to its notoriety as one of the city’s roughest districts.

Monocle
  • 20 may 2011

There are few neighbourhoods that are as quintessentially New York as Harlem. Stretching from the top of Central Park all the way up to 155th Street, the area’s cultural diversity and history of boom and bust have led to its notoriety as one of the city’s roughest districts. However, over the last few years, the neighbourhood has seen considerable change. With an influx of new businesses and new residents making homes in some of Manhattan’s most impressive late-19th century brownstone houses, Harlem is enjoying a second renaissance.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson moved to Harlem six years ago and, in March this year, he opened Red Rooster on Lenox Avenue, a restaurant named after a legendary and long-forsaken speakeasy that had been in the neighbourhood. “For a long time I’ve wanted to open a restaurant in the community,” Samuelsson says. “But I knew it was really important to learn about the neighbourhood and be an active part of it before I did that.”

From tacos and tostadas inspired by the residents of Spanish Harlem, to the beef patties brought over from the local Jamaican population, Red Rooster is firmly rooted in its location. And this involvement isn’t purely culinary, it has also informed the restaurant’s business model and its clientele.

“We’ve been able to create over 80 jobs for the neighbourhood and Harlem locals make up the majority of employees,” says Samuelsson. “The restaurant celebrates the neighbourhood. The art is by artists who either live or work in Harlem, and we also host lots of classes for Harlem’s kids—teaching them about food, cooking and business.”

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