The Harlem 'Under-Line'

Seeking to replicate the success of the High Line linear park in New York City, some are suggesting the creation of a linear small business market beneath a segment of Metro tracks in Harlem.
August 2, 2010, 12pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"Most recently, the Center for an Urban Future on Thursday added its backing to the proposal, which was originally put forward by the Harlem Community Development Corp. In the report, entitled "A High Line for Harlem," the Manhattan-based Center argues that the proposed market would boost small businesses in a neighborhood with too few reasonably priced storefronts.

The proposal from the Harlem CDC, a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corp., is to establish an open-air market under the Metro North tracks running 22 blocks along Park Avenue from East 111th Street to the Harlem River at East 133rd Street."

The proposed plan would create room for up to 900 vendors who would operate out of small stalls.

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Published on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Crain's Business New York
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