According to Kenneth Daniels, a native of Harlem, everyone is trying to grab a piece of Harlem. Daniels, who now lives in New Rochelle, describes growing up in the Lincoln Projects when city-run housing projects were viewed more favorably than they are now. He recalls having relationships with many of the people who lived in his complex. As new money and new industries pour into Harlem, Daniels believes the area is changing rapidly and quickly becoming a neighborhood for the wealthy only. (Summary written by: PPO Dennis Pino)
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This is a neighborhood oral history project that works to both preserve and document Harlem history through the stories of people who have experienced it. This project will collect oral histories of people who have lived or worked in the surrounding Harlem neighborhood and train community members to conduct these interviews. Both longtime and more recent residents are invited to share their neighborhood stories, documenting Harlem’s past and present history. Interviews will be preserved at The Milstein Division, available in a circulating collection, and accessible here at the New York Public Library website.