"Why does someone from 89th and Columbus go to Paris more often than Harlem?" he asks, speaking to a reporter one afternoon during the lull between lunch and dinner. "That's a real challenge."
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"What I want is to create normalcy here," he says. "I resent it when people come to Harlem to take pictures and get back on the tour bus. This is an opportunity to get off that tour bus."