Harlem received a little star power Wednesday when former President Clinton announced his support for a visitor’s guide promoting the community’s attractions.
Spotlight on Harlem, produced by Zagat Survey, is sponsored by the Clinton Foundation’s Economic Opportunity Initiative and highlights 323 reasons to visit the Northern Manhattan neighborhood, including restaurants, shops and other attractions.
The former president, whose foundation is headquartered in Harlem, hopes the guide will encourage more people to visit the neighborhood.
About 55,000 copies of the book, which includes the standard ratings that all Zagat Surveys feature, will be distributed for free by the Clinton Foundation and the other sponsors: Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, The Empire State Development Corp., Citibank and Carver Bank.
Zagat Survey Co-founder Nina Zagat said “We’ve wanted to do a Harlem guide for a long time.” The Clinton Foundation was the first sponsor, and Zagat Survey secured the others.
The publisher recently produced a similar guide of Newark, N.J., that was sponsored by TD Bank.
The timing of the Harlem guide is meant to coincide with Harlem Week, a monthlong celebration of the community.