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Magic Johnson Takes Credit for the New Harlem

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Michigan native Magic Johnson explains how he helped facilitate the changing face of Brooklyn and Harlem.

From “Page Six”…

Magic Johnson says that he helped “turn around” Harlem and parts of Brooklyn by bringing in Starbucks and converting the Williamsburgh Savings Bank into luxury condos.

The NBA great told us of the developments, “I knew what African-Americans wanted, and I went to the hood because we want quality products and services in our community. We want the movie theaters in our community, we want places like Starbucks … a movie theater in Harlem.”

At a party to celebrate the launch of pal Darren Prince’s book, thrown by Jason Binn’s ­DuJour magazine, the hoops icon told us, “We were able to turn Harlem around. I was able to help turn Brooklyn by buying the Williamsburgh [Savings] Bank.”

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