Gallery: A “High Line” Market Gains Momentum in Harlem

By 1986 when this picture was taken, La Marqueta had already fallen into disrepair as retail and shopping had moved away from the market in the 70s. At the height of the market in the 50's, there were up to 500 mostly Puerto Rican vendors selling any number of goods and food items. People considered the market a destination and came from all over the city for ethnic goods.

Photo credit: Mustafah Abdulaziz/WSJ

Every city deserves a High Line park — Harlem perhaps more than others. In its heyday, Harlem enjoyed an open air food market under the active Metro North rail line called, La Marqueta, which was a common meeting area and place to buy, sell, and trade. In the 1970’s the market declined considerably and has never bounced back — and right now, it’s practically empty. Progress is afoot though, and the Harlem’s Economic Development Corporation is gaining support to revitalize the space and transform it into a mile-long covered market and public park promenade – a High Line for Harlem.

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