This has been an especially tough week for Harlem was during a very
tough time in its history.
Business remain closed due to COVID -19 a massive fire destroyed a major
clothing retailer and damaged several other businesses on Sunday, and
a man was shot ot death on 125th street corridor early Wednesday morning.
The situation is dire and officialssay they expect to lose 40%of the business
in Harlem, including the revitalized 125th street retail corridor. Leaders
blame racial disparity and economic discrimination for their demise.
The Harlem Community within three zip codes registered a total of 346
deaths from complications of the coronavirus. Thousand of residents there
were infected with the catagion, adding to the suffering of that neighborhood.
But tough times have hit Harlem before - and the neighborhood's business
leaders are determinded to save the business district and refuse to allow
decline. The current situation, for some, echoes the disastrous days of
the 1970's when most of the stores on 125th Street and surrounding
community were either vacant or burnt out and the area was considered
a no mna's land.