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In This Giant-Size View of Harlem, Parks and NYCHA Housing Are Hard to Miss

By Dartunorro Clark | October 13, 2016 10:11am

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On the street level, Harlem’s vibrant brownstones, frenetic pulse, iconic eateries and the world-famous Apollo Theater are hard to miss.

But, from a satellite photo taken from hundreds of miles up, it all disappears. Except for a few things.

For one, the geometry of sprawling New York City Housing Authority developments across parts of the neighborhood are vivid from over 400 miles up.

East Harlem is unique in that it has a high density of NYCHA housing, experts previously told DNAinfo New York.

From a bird’s-eye view, you can spot the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Towers, which spans a superblock. The complex is located between Fifth and Lenox avenues from East 112th to 115th streets, with 10 buildings that rise 13 to 14 stories.

Another expansive complex that sticks out is the St. Nicholas Houses, located between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass boulevards from 127th to 131st streets.

Another eye-catcher is the green space tucked in among the density. Unlike its neighbor to the southeast — the Upper East Side — Harlem has an abundance of green space.  

There’s Marcus Garvey Park in East Harlem from 119th to 124th streets, for instance. There’s also a sizable portion of Central Park North as well as playgrounds, including St. Nicholas Playground on West 128th Street and Col. Charles Young Playground on West 143rd Street.

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