Harlem Mart 125: The American Dream ~ a Documentary & Discussion




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.

If it’s Saturday, come to Marcus Garvey Park and take in the Harlem Drummers!

Don’t get lost. Get a Harlem Map. What else is happening on 125? Read East 125th Street, a Work in Progress.


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