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The Changing World: One Block in Harlem

Around the world, Harlem is synonymous with people's perception of the Black experience in America. But in the last decade, the neighborhood has gone through dramatic changes. Former President Bill Clinton opened his post-White House office there. Then, wealthy people, many of them white, began moving in. 

Michael Goldfarb traces this iconic neighborhood's story by telling the history of a single street in Harlem - 120th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues - from 1910 to the present. Harlem is the best known African-American neighborhood in the world, but a hundred years ago 120th Street was, like most of the area, a Jewish neighborhood. Goldfarb describes life as it was and life as it is today and asks what price has been paid by long-time black residents for the area's gentrification.