Caribbean Culture Center Opens in East Harlem

Caribbean pride gets a new showcase in East Harlem.

Revelers came out for the grand opening of the Caribbean Culture Center on East 125th Street between Lexington and Park avenues.

The center explores Caribbean heritage on the islands and here in the city.

A photo gallery there also delves into topics like gentrification, migration and identity.

"It feels great to know that we have a home, a place where we can go celebrate our culture, having space we can have exhibits, exhibit our art proudly," said one visitor. "And for other people to come and see the beauty of who we are as people."

"They have to know about the center," said another. "They have a place here. Harlem is their history. Gentrification in Harlem, in Brooklyn. Moving people out, where are these people going, how is our history being preserved?"

The center was previously a firehouse that the city and state spent more than $9 million to renovate.

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