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Naked CityThe Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places$
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Sharon Zukin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195382853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195382853.001.0001

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Why Harlem Is Not a Ghetto

Why Harlem Is Not a Ghetto

(p.63) 2 Why Harlem Is Not a Ghetto
Naked City

Sharon Zukin

Oxford University Press

It’s noon on a warm Saturday in the middle of June, and a bright sun is shining on Settepani Bakery’s sidewalk café at 120th Street and Lenox Avenue. You didn’t think to bring sunscreen to eat brunch in Harlem, so you choose a table under the red awning, put on your dark glasses, and settle down to read the menu. The small, square, white tables and lightweight aluminum chairs remind you of cafés in Italy or Greenwich Village, and the dishes on the menu also inspire dreams of other places. Smoked turkey panini with brie on pumpernickel bread. Mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil on rosemary focaccia. Bucatini pasta with an almond, basil, and tomato pesto. Cappuccino and latte, of course, but also decaf Masala chai. You understand why Settepani is popular among Harlem’s new movers and shakers. You’ve heard that Maya Angelou, the distinguished poet, playwright, and actor, who lives in a restored brownstone townhouse nearby, often has lunch here. The famous basketball champion and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been seen walking by. The restaurant’s website lists former president Bill Clinton, whose office is on 125th Street, as a corporate customer. And when your graduate students stop in for coffee while doing a research project for your class, they meet Daniel Tisdale, the founder and publisher of Harlem World magazine, who is having a business meeting a few tables away, and Eric Woods, the chief financial officer of Uptown magazine and cofounder of Harlem Vintage, the neighborhood’s first wine store. Harlem has other well-known restaurants: the venerable Sylvia’s, the soul food restaurant that is on every tourist itinerary and sells its own bottled sauces; M&G Diner, known for its smothered pork chops, collard greens, and candied yams; and Amy Ruth’s, offering dishes named for local celebrities, like the waffles and bacon that honor retired police chief Joseph Leake and the chicken and waffles that pay tribute to the Rev. Al Sharpton, a friend of the former owner.

Keywords:   Abyssinian Baptist Church, Brooklyn Industries, Caribbean immigrants, Dark Ghetto, Harlem Vintage, Internet, Los Angeles, Manhattan Institute, National Black Theatre, Queens

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