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Beautiful Ha(a)rlem: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same


Photo essay by Kelsie Bonaparte

Harlem is the center of African-American culture. Being a Harlem native, I know this is a neighborhood built on a rich and remarkable history that spans decades. One recent afternoon, I took some time to reflect on this neighborhood's tradition and beauty (all through the lens of my smart phone)!  As I stepped outside I was immediately enveloped by the hustle and bustle of 125th Street.

I made my way up to 145th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. and commenced my mini photo tour through Harlem. As I was taking photos, the memories of the Harlem I used to know came flooding back to mind. It finally dawned on me how much Harlem has physically changed!

I realize now more than ever that I should appreciate the things that are familiar all the while accepting changes that are for the better.

 

Feel free to check out some photos from my day in Harlem!


 

Pasted advertisements for I heart big cans.
The exterior of a clothing bodega with hanging hats and clothing, with a blue and white sign for a nearby pharmacy
Parked cars in a parking lot behind a six story apartment building.
An old pay phone.
A read and white sign that says no standing, sitting, or eating stoop NYPD.
Sculpture made of large steel rings in a row, which project a shadow in the bright sun.

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Located on 145th and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Formerly known as "Willies Burgers"

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Located on 145th and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Formerly known as "Willies Burgers"

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte

Photo: Kelsie Bonaparte