NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Change is evident in Harlem. There is a new Whole Foods popping up on 125th Street. Once predominately if not exclusively black, there is a sprinkle of other faces when you walk down the street.
Tuesday had another nod to change. Charlie Rangel, who has long held the Congressional seat in the area, isn't on the ballot for first time in 46 years.
Keith Wright is Rangel's hand-picked replacement. But 9 candidates were running to replace Rangel. Many of them speak to changing demographics around here. On many levels the soul of Harlem -- black Harlem, anyway -- hangs in the balance.
The Apollo is still here. But the Cotton Club, Lafayette Theater and the Harlem Opera House are gone.
Author, activist and journalist Herb Boyd says the district was redrawn in 2012 and became much more Hispanic. But it's also more Jewish, African, Asian, Irish -- making it one of the most diverse in the country.
Change happens in politics. It happens in cities. It's happening right here in Harlem. What do the next 46 years look like? We'll get a better idea after this primary.