Congressman Charles B. Rangel joined community and elected leaders last Friday in celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the Carolina Flower Shop, the oldest black-owned flower shop in New York City.
The shop, now located at 1952 Seventh Avenue between 117th and 118th Street, was first started by owner Phil Young’s grandfather in 1939.
“This is a true American success story and a great example of the rich business history of our community,” said Congressman Rangel. “Credit for much of Harlem’s current revitalization goes to families and businesses owned by people like Phil Young who stuck through the rough times to see a new day dawn.”
Rangel also commented that the shop’s service to the Harlem community extended far beyond their locally celebrated creative floral arrangements.
“They do more than just sell flowers,” said Rangel. “They have been supporting and training our community’s youth for more than seventy years. They are supplying beauty and happiness to all who enter.”
Among those joining Young in celebrating Friday’s anniversary were New York City Council Member Inez E. Dickens, New York State Senator Bill Perkins and representatives from the offices of New York State Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
Young, surrounded by friends and family of the shop, was moved by the nostalgic stories and songs shared during the ceremony.
“It was a true honor for me, my family, and the community of Harlem for leaders like Congressman Rangel to commemorate this day,” said Young. “It meant so much and I want to thank the Congressman for supporting my business and the community.”