A neighborhood rich in history and architecture, Central Harlem in Manhattan is known for the 1920s intellectual, artistic and social movement called the Harlem Renaissance and its diverse population. Today it is considered part of a major African-American cultural, residential and business area.
Table of Contents
- 1 Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Central Harlem?
- 2 Our Trial Attorneys Focus on Mesothelioma Claims
- 3 Top-Rated, Award-Winning Lawyers Serving Central Harlem
- 4 Our Law Firm Gets Results
- 5 Providing High-Quality Legal Services for Central Harlem Residents
- 6 Key Features of the Area
- 7 Brief History of Central Harlem
- 8 Location
- 9 Interesting Facts about Central Harlem
- 10 Directions to Belluck & Fox from Central Harlem
Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Central Harlem?
For more than two decades, the top-rated NYC personal injury attorneys at Belluck & Fox have been fighting for the rights of Central Harlem residents and nearby areas who have been harmed due to someone else’s negligence. We have the manpower and the resources to take on large corporations and deep-pocketed insurance companies.
Schedule a free consultation with our skilled legal team today to talk about your case and learn about your right to compensation.
Our Trial Attorneys Focus on Mesothelioma Claims
For decades, the deadly mineral asbestos was used in industrial materials, construction materials, building materials and commercial products throughout New York and across the nation. Asbestos companies knew their products were dangerous but failed to warn the public. Now, years later, innocent people are being diagnosed with devastating asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Our NYC mesothelioma cancer attorneys at Belluck & Fox, LLP focuses on asbestos litigation, and we are here to help Central Harlem residents and families who are struggling to cope with asbestos diseases.
Top-Rated, Award-Winning Lawyers Serving Central Harlem
Our nationally recognized personal injury lawyers have earned top ratings and awards from respected legal publications and professional review services such as:
- Best Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
- Martindale Hubbell
- The National Law Journal
Our Law Firm Gets Results
Belluck & Fox has recovered more than $1 billion for our deserving clients and their families, including:
- $32 million for a U.S. Navy veteran exposed to asbestos
- $22 million for a part-time construction worker exposed to asbestos
- $19.5 million for a construction worker who inhaled asbestos fibers while working on a high-rise building
Providing High-Quality Legal Services for Central Harlem Residents
Our knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorneys handle a broad range of claims, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Truck accidents
- Dog bites
- Nursing home abuse
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Asbestos claims
- Dangerous pharmaceuticals
Key Features of the Area
Central Harlem was once home to the landmark Savoy Ballroom, immortalized in poetry and song. The Apollo Theater at 253 W. 125th St., established in 1934, has spotlighted showbiz legends such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Smokey Robinson, BB King and Chaka Khan, as well as talented newcomers at its celebrated Amateur Night at the Apollo. It’s also home to the syndicated TV variety show Showtime at the Apollo.
Writers Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou and photographer James Van Der Zee also have lived in Central Harlem. I, Too Arts Collective at The Langston Hughes House, 20 E. 127th St., hosts community and literary events. The National Jazz Museum at 58 W. 129th St. is a Smithsonian Affiliate that produces and presents more than 80 free programs throughout the city. The Studio Museum is devoted to preserving work by artists of African descent and celebrating work inspired and influenced by black culture. Marcus Garvey Park includes playgrounds, an outdoor pool and an amphitheater for concerts.
Brief History of Central Harlem
1630s: Native American settlements occupy the area for farming and use the future Mount Morris as a lookout station.
1658: Harlem is founded as a Dutch village, taking its name from the Netherlands city of Haarlem.
1868: Harlem begins an economic boom after the Civil War. Jewish and Italian New Yorkers settle here.
1900s: Large numbers of African-Americans from the rural south move to Harlem as part of the Great Migration to the Northeast, Midwest and West.
1917 through the 1920s: The Harlem Renaissance takes place. Notable pieces include the opera Porgy and Bess, jazz from composers such as Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, fashion such as “Zoot suits,” and works from writers such as Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and W. E. B. Du Bois, a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
1935: With the job losses of the Great Depression, a riot erupts after false reports of a store owner beating a teenage shoplifter. Three people are killed and hundreds wounded in the melee, which causes an estimated $2 million in property damage.
1943: The supply shortages and segregation during World War II create more tension. After a white police officer shoots and wounds an African-American soldier, a race riot ensues over two days, one of six in the nation that year. Six people are killed and hundreds arrested.
1950s to 1960s: Neighborhood tenants organize rent strikes to force landlords to improve the quality of housing.
1970s: The federal government’s antipoverty Model Cities Program spends $100 million on job training, education, public safety, health care, sanitation, housing and other projects in Harlem.
1985: New York City begins auctioning its portfolio of Harlem properties to the public to help revitalize the community.
2000s: New York City’s revival affects Harlem’s, as it becomes a major hub of African-American businesses.
Central Harlem stretches from the north end of Central Park at 110th Street to the Harlem River. Fifth Avenue is its eastern boundary, and Morningside Park, St. Nicholas Avenue and Edgecombe Avenue border its west side.
Interesting Facts about Central Harlem
- From the 1920s to 1930s, more than 125 entertainment venues — including the famed Cotton Club — operated in Central Harlem between Lenox and Central avenues.
- Orson Welles directed a black production of Macbeth at the former Lafayette Theatre in Central Harlem in 1936, setting the action in Haiti.
- The classical ballet company of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, established in the late 1960s, has toured nationally and internationally.
- Since the Civil Rights Movement in 1968, Central Harlem has hosted the African American Day Parade along Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard every September. Past Grand Marshals have included Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., New York Mayor David Dinkins, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Paul Winfield and Melba Moore.
Directions to Belluck & Fox from Central Harlem
Belluck & Fox’s Manhattan law office is located in Midtown at 546 Fifth Ave., 4th Floor, New York NY 10036. The easiest route from Central Harlem is to head south on Fifth Avenue.
Our law firm also is accessible via public transportation. Take the M2 bus south from Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard at West 125 Street to Fifth Avenue at West 47th Street. You also can take the D subway train south from the 125th Street subway station to the stop at 47th-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center.