Groundbreaking of new cultural center in East Harlem

9/18/2014, 3:09 p.m.
The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute recently broke ground at the former firehouse at 120 E. 125th St., which ...
L-R: Sandina Danchez, board member of CCCADI; Curtis Archer, Harlem Community Development Corporation; Lucky Rivera, founder of Positive Workforce; Mathew Washington, Community Board 11; Mario Baeza, chairman of Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone; unidentified participant; Marta Moreno Vega, founding director of CCCADI; Sapna Lal, board member of CCCADI; New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; and Monifa and Lumumba Bandele Akinwole, board members of CCCADI. Background: Images of Julia De Burgos, Marcus Garvey and Freida Kahlo painted by Adrian “Viajero” Roman. ( Line Krogh

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute recently broke ground at the former firehouse at 120 E. 125th St., which the institute is renovating into a cultural center for East Harlem. The landmark Romanesque Revival-style firehouse, designed by Napoleon LeBrun & Sons and completed in 1889, will be fitted with gallery and community performance spaces. Activities there will include cultural workshops and educational programming. It will be an anchor institution for the neighborhood and replaces a “dead zone” created when the firehouse was closed in 2003. The cultural center is projected to open to the public in September 2015.