West Harlem which is also known as Manhattanville resides just north of Morningside Heights, and this rich cultural and historical district was a driving force for the famous Harlem Renaissance in High Manhattan. New developments are constantly transforming the area, but many of the beautiful buildings that remind us of the days of the cultural center of one of America’s most important art movements in this district still remain.
West Harlem’s 125th Street serves the community as the main hub for historic and present institutions. The area is home to many college students, with the City College of New York to its north and Columbia University to its south, but there is a diverse range of people moving into the new developments in this exciting neighborhood every day.
U.S. As of 2010. Census, Manhattanville ‘s population was 22,950—62.8 percent Hispanic or Latino, 25.8 percent African American, 7.5 percent White, 2.2 percent Asian, 1.1 percent Two or More Races, and 0.3 percent Native American.
After the opening of the Hudson River Railroad in 1850, Manhattanville saw an influx of Irish Catholics and Germans into the area. Then, after the end of the Civil War, Jewish immigrants moved to the Old Broadway Synagogue in 1911. The 20th century was marked by a wave of Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican immigrants.
Starting in the 1970s, students and faculty from Barnard College and Columbia made their way to Manhattanville. And Columbia ‘s recent decision to expand into the area has brought with it even more students and young professionals.
The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a seventeen-year – old public art and preservation organization based in New York City. Savona Bailey-McClain is the Founder / Executive Director.
The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is offering exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals in public spaces in Northern Manhattan. The WHAF is also engaged in historical and cultural heritage projects and supports community involvement in local development. Its organizational symbol is the double crocodile of West Africa (one of the Adinkra symbols). Funtunmmireku-Denkyemmirreku stands for unity in diversity.