From her South Harlem condo, Michelle Thompson has an easy walk to her favorite waterfall in Central Park — easy enough that she can visit several times a week.
Ms. Thompson, 54, advises her clients to do the same — get outside and take the “stress out of your body” — in her role as the owner of Resistant Vision Coaching and Consulting, her third career after stints as a lawyer and a teacher of colonial Caribbean history, which is part of her heritage. She has been in her home for more than five years now, since buying the two-bedroom, two-bath apartment on Fifth Avenue, a few blocks north of Central Park, for less than $1 million.
2018-19 School Quality Snapshot (the latest to include testing results, because of Covid-19), 22 percent of students met state standards in English versus 47 percent citywide; in math, 18 percent met state standards versus 46 percent citywide.
Public School 154 Harriet Tubman, on West 127th Street, enrolls about 219 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade; 30 percent of its students met standards in English versus 48 percent citywide; 25 percent met standards in math versus 50 percent citywide.
There are also a number of charter schools in the neighborhood, including Harlem Prep Elementary School and Harlem Village Academies.
Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. In 1967, the original amphitheater and recreation center were completed, and in 1968, the Harlem Cultural Festival was organized. The festival evolved into a series of six Sunday afternoon concerts in 1969 that became known as the Black Woodstock. Performers included Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, the 5th Dimension, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sly and the Family Stone, the Staple Singers and B.B. King. Footage from the concerts and interviews with some of the participants were featured in the Oscar-winning 2021 documentary “Summer of Soul,” directed by Questlove. In the 1970s, advocacy groups suggested renaming the park for Marcus Garvey, the publisher, journalist, entrepreneur and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. The City Council voted to rename the park in 1973.
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