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Bill Clinton promotes Harlem

Bill Clinton, shown addressing Harlem residents around the time his office opened in the area in 2001, has launched a free guide to aid the struggling New York City neighborhood. Bill Clinton, shown addressing Harlem residents around the time his office opened in the area in 2001, has launched a free guide to aid the struggling New York City neighborhood. (Stuart Ramson/ Associated Press)
Reuters / August 13, 2009

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NEW YORK - Bill Clinton launched a free guide yesterday to the New York City neighborhood of Harlem, where authorities say more than one-third of small businesses have closed amid the US recession.

The “Zagat Spotlight on Harlem’’ highlights 323 restaurants, nightspots, shops, and attractions in the historic black neighborhood of uptown Manhattan, where Clinton’s foundation is headquartered.

“Small businesses have been the lifeblood of the Harlem economy,’’ the former president said. “Today many of them are struggling, as businesses are all over America, with the recession.’’

Lloyd Williams, president of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, said that from July 1, 2008, to June 30 this year, more than 35 percent of the small businesses closed.

The Harlem Zagat guide is sponsored by the Clinton Foundation’s Economic Opportunity Initiative and the Zagat Survey. It is available for free online at www.clintonfoundation.org.