HARLEM, NY — A small stretch of road in West Harlem has been transformed into a public space where community members can gather for events, buy fresh produce or just find a place to sit and relax in the shade on a hot day.

Elected officials and community advocates gathered Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the new Johnny Hartman Plaza on Amsterdam Avenue and West 143rd Street. The plaza is the 79th public space to open through the city Department of Transportation’s Plaza Program, but just the fifth to open above 96th Street in Manhattan.

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