In the early 1900s, Many African Americans began traveling north hungry for jobs and a shot at urban life. These passed three decades, large amounts of francophone immigrants have ventured west and settled in what is now knowbn as Le petit Senegal. This new community Senegal has brought even more diversity to the melting pot that already is New York City. Senegalese immigrants have made their mark in the already existing fashion and food industries in Harlem by setting up restaurants and shops like Le Baobab and African Kine.
Stricken with the stagnant Senegalese economy, many West African immigrants with aspirations of achieving the American Dream, arrive to the city with bubbling expectations to take part in New York's seemingly booming economy. On top of the economic opportunity provided by Little Senegal, many of its citizens also moved because of the enhanced living conditions that this enclave provides. Sadly, so used to the docile Senegalese work force, a good amount of immigrants are overwhelmed with the fast-paced lifestyle that comes with living in the big city.