NCY is located in Harlesden, which is roughly half way between Willesden to the North and East, and Wembley to the West. To the South of Harlesden is Old Oak Common, which in turn leads onto Wormwood Scrubbs.
There is a railway line running through Harlesden roughly from South-East to North-West which effectively divides it both geographically, and in terms of economic activity.
To the South of the Railway Line, the geographically lower lying part of Harlesden is made up mainly of light industrial space, and transport infrastructure. As well as Willesden Junction Station - the main junction in North West London - there is the Eurostar Goods Yard. A little further on is Park Royal which has many retail and manufacturing companies, and is the centre of the UK film and television support industry, with studio facilities, equipment hire and set manufacturing taking a significant role in the local economy. This is also the site of First Century Park, the office park that includes the Headquarters of Diageo.
To the North of the Railway Line, and further up the hill, is the main shopping and residential area of Harlesden, where New Crescent Yard is situated.
As well as a thriving local economy and many well built and attractive properties, the area is also the home of Roundwood Park
with its Bowling Green, Tennis Courts, Summertime Open Air Theatre, and award winning Cafe.
Harlesden itself is a vibrant multi-ethnic and multi-cultural area. This is reflected in the exotic and eclectic mix of shopping and services, with everything from several excellent fish mongers to a shop making costumes for the Notting Hill Carnival.
The mix of people in the area is just as eclectic. From white and black British, Irish, and Afro-Caribbean to Portuguese and Brasilian, the shops and facilities of the area reflect this diverse mix.