There is an article in todays NY Times;
It's an ok article. Doesn't delve into the fact that Settepani is one of only a handful of restaurants/cafes....in other words there is a dearth of real 'gentrification' and just a token.....(oh and Settepani have done nothing to clean or improve the streetscape out the front of their building either).
It doesn't explain that in Marcus Garvey park you are more likely to come across a broken bottle or a used condom than a flower.
Also doesn't explain the "one shot" brownstone owners, people who are basically asking outrageously insane prices (in other words wasting brokers and buyers time) because they are hoping to sell their single asset that’s been passed down the generations "and get out of dodge" for good. In the interim however they are unable to afford or possibly unwilling, to keep up the maintenance on their building so you have these fantastic buildings in a rapid state of decay with a distressing streetscape.
Buying a shell for $2m that needs at least $1m worth of 'gut' renovations to make it even livable isn't a viable long term solution to an area in need of "people to power" gentrification.
Our Harlem 'experience' has been over for a few months now, basically we've decided to give the upper west side near Colombia a try.
I'm more concerned in a few years from now when long term residents of Harlem walk around and wonder what went wrong, why did the people leave, simple - they weren't welcome in the first place.