I can barely take it. I just need two days in the Caribbean and I’ll be able to get this summer nonsense out of my system. The closest way I can get near that heat is through our episode on “Hot in Harlem.”
Filming this story was bittersweet for me. I had lived in Harlem for 18 months before moving to SoHo, and it’s been close to a year now since I’ve returned. I’m not going to wax poetic on my fond memories of the place, but I will say that it was very cool seeing some familiar faces Uptown.
Shortly after moving out of Harlem in December of ‘06, I was contacted by a reporter who was interested in writing an article about me. I asked him about the angle of the story, but being the smart and savvy reporter that he is, he was quite vague.
Now being a reporter, and thinking like one, I thought the interesting angle on any story about me was not that I was a part of the gentrification process that’s happening in Harlem, but that I had left. In other words, the headline could read “Gentrification In Harlem?”
On the flip side, and as someone commented months ago on my old Harlem blog, I am a renter; so I have less invested in the neighborhood than someone who has bought there. And certainly newbies are moving to Harlem, buying and sticking; not necessarily flipping their properties or renting them out.
There’s much to the Harlem tale, indeed. And as I said at the end of this videocast, we will continue to do pieces on Harlem, its residents — new and old — and of course, its real estate.