This recognition is part of a list featuring 37 new historic sites across New York, acknowledging their cultural and historical significance.
Spanning approximately ten city blocks in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood, the district, established around 1893 and active until 1952, provides a compelling snapshot of Harlem’s evolution. It served as a working-class residential area with ties to Philip Payton Jr.’s Afro-American Realty Company and the development of New York’s transit systems.
Highlighted by late 19th and early 20th-century architecture, including tenement houses, row houses, and apartments, the district boasts landmarks like the Mother AME Zion Church, designed by George W. Foster Jr., and the West 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library, now known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Governor Hochul commented, “These nominations reflect generations of community building, planning, and activities that give us a glimpse into our collective past as New Yorkers. Identifying these resources and adding them to our historic registers expands our ongoing understanding of our shared history and serves as important reminders of the innovation, passion, and lived experiences of New Yorkers who came before us.”
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