Sadly close to 5,000 signatures and the work and efforts of many could not “Save the Renny” (The Renaissance Casino and Ballroom) in part… or its façade. A compromise was met with the builders – who in reality didn’t have to listen to anyone at all – and the new design was developed to reflect a bit of the nostalgic and famous ballroom. There is till mumbling and grumbling but time goes on… The destruction started a couple of weeks ago and as of this writing one structure still stands.
Part of the problem began years ago when the cultural building wasn’t landmarked. A few of the hard lessons learned …
Part of the problem began years ago when the cultural building wasn’t landmarked. A few of the hard lessons learned from this is to value and treasure what you have – and ensure that cultural landmarks are preserved and revered. With this effort THSDS has had the pleasure of meeting and re-uniting with community leaders and activists who share our goal: Preservation of Harlem Culture.
Because of the anger, energy and more of this has now ignited new efforts of preservation. More voices are being sought and listened to. The Harlem Swing Dance Society is confident that the public outcry from so many around the world was not in vain, and we will update you on future ways that the dance halls and ballrooms that used to grace Harlem will be honored soon.
To all of you who signed to online petition in support we thank you!
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