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Harlem Gentrification Watch

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The Zinc Plate Press Blog notes some fresh plywood at the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 117th Street, a former tires and rims shop: "My wife passed by the other day and asked two men who looked like they had something to do with the boarded up place what was coming in. They had Italian accents and said a 'family-friendly' Italian restaurant is opening soon. While I'm sure gentrification is slowing due to the economy, next door to the Italian restaurant is The Winery and Bebe Noir. It's starting to look like the West Village in West Harlem." [ZPP]