Located across 125th Street from the famed Apollo Theater, Harlem Mart 125 was once a vibrant market for over two-hundred local vendors, with the feel of an indoor, open-air market. Owned by the City of New York, it was developed by government agencies in the mid-1980s to give street vendors an opportunity to have an indoor stall. For many reasons, the Mart closed its doors in 2002 and has remained vacant.
Harlem Mart 125: The American Dream is a documentary, created over a nine-year-span, and completed in 2009. The film correlates to the ‘revitalization’ of 125th street’s main commercial area, and is a historical journey depicting the economic transition from the late 1960s to 2009.
YouTube video below shows a few excerpts from the full documentary.
Harlem’s Mart 125: The American Dream is produced and directed by Rachelle Salnave. It runs approximately 1 hours 15 minutes in length.
The full documentary can be seen on YouTube Here.
What will happen to Mart 125? Read what could be in store. Be a part of the conversation on July 26th at 8:00pm with Community Board 10 Online Here.
Before the documentary, Harlem’s Mart 125: The American Dream, there was the documentary, The Changing Face of Harlem, produced and directed by Shawn Batey.
Read about progress on the famed Victoria Theatre on 125th Street.