Parsons School of Design alumnus with a BFA in fashion, who has worked in the menswear industry for several years. Past lives have been in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan; more recently transplanted to Harlem. Currently living in a 1907 "French flat," an Edwardian era middle-class apartment.
There's an interesting article in the New York Times on the old political process of opening a business in Harlem and how many of the new generation of shop owners have decided to rather do things on their own. A sort of "kissing of the rings" was expected with prominent politicians or the 114-year old Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce to show respect which could also lead to patronage for political gatherings or getting the right connection for government grants. The article points out that the process can be bureaucratic and recent focus on big mall developments or cultural centers make it difficult for smaller businesses to get immediate attention. More than a few of the new shop and restaurant owners seem to be skipping out on this type of political etiquette and have been successful but one politician was quoted saying that "there's not enough of the new people coming in yet to keep them (the new stores) alive." Check out more on the clash of business attitudes new and old in today's NY Times: LINK