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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building Plaza, also known as African Square, is in the center of the main street of Harlem – 125th Street. While its current design is bleak and windswept, it is actively used by the community for both formal and informal events, such as the spring through fall weekly green market and the summertime staged musical performances.
In 2006, Harlem CDC partnered with Community Board 10 and
the New York State Office of General Services and hired
Columbia University’s Urban Technical Assistance Project
(with Glenn Smith and Ghislaine Hermanuz) to work with the
community and redesign African Square to make it more
inviting and culturally relevant year round. An advisory
committee of local stakeholders was created, research was
done on the site’s historic significance and day to day
operations, and the plan shown above was developed. It is a
figurative expression of a historic African village, with a
culturally expressive wall encircling the heart of the
community. View the
final report here.
A Great Place...