Meet New Yorkers who call Harlem home
Gotta keep its soul
Name: Gregory Generet
Lives: Hamilton Terrace
Occupation: Jazz singer, president of Hamilton Terrace Block Association
About: Generet has lived on Hamilton Terrace for 17 years.
“After we moved in, the prices for houses here just sort of shot up astronomically. Everyone was riding on somewhat of a high. A lot of people on the block moved on because they could get more for their house and move and retire to the South, where they could get much more for their money. When we bought this house, you couldn’t get insurance. Now suddenly, I have Corcoran, Prudential Elliman, Halstead, all those people clamoring to buy my house or sell my house for me.
“Starbucks had opened a store on Broadway and 138th hoping to get a lot of student clientele, and there were rarely more than five to 10 people in the place at the time. It was probably the lowest-grossing store in the city, and they couldn’t figure out why. You’re right in the middle of a Dominican and Puerto Rican area. You can’t swing a dead cat in either direction without finding a place that has a $1.50 cafe leche. It’s not the kind of community that would be able to handle a $4 cup of coffee. So we have that type of dance going on.
“Harlem is a very special place, it always has been, with its history, music, with culture. Now it’s been sort of encroached upon so people can rediscover that there are larger apartments and bigger houses. I don’t want to see Harlem lose its soul. I would really like to see people work within the community.”
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