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Harlem Underground

20 East 125th Street Harlem New York 10035

Clothing Store since 1998

What year did you open your business and why?
Harlem Underground opened in 1998. We started this business to create tees, caps, and other custom apparel that represent Harlem in the most positive way. There wasn’t a company doing that at the time, so we created Harlem Underground to fill that need.

What do you love about your neighborhood?
I love that we are in a diverse community that supports local businesses and entrepreneurs. I love that Harlem has a strong cultural presence and is a world-famous community for its history and current trends.

How have real estate pressures impacted your business in the last 10 years?
Real estate pressure has had a tremendous effect on businesses in the last 10 years and has created challenges for businesses that were here before the real estate upturn. Building owners are charging more than ever for rental space while the current foot traffic and business in general do not always support that. This makes business operations more of a challenge.

What do you expect the impact(s) of the Love Your Local grant funding to be on your business?
The impact of NYC Love Your Local on our business will be phenomenal. It will allow us to develop and maintain a professional online store, and create relationships with professionals who can guide us in all the factors that are critical to the success of our online business.

www.harlemunderground.com

Phone: (212) 987-9385