Tuesday, April 28, 2009

☞ PROTECT: Morningside Avenue

With its proximity to Morningside Park and the encroaching developments on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the once serene Morningside Avenue may need protection in the future. Morningside Park was just landmarked a year ago, but this designation does not protect the property surrounding the park. An incongruous glass high-rise building has grown in the southwestern border of the park, and Morningside Avenue is the eastern thoroughfare with pristine park views. As mentioned in a previous post, the Church of the Master had their 100-year-old founding institution demolished for new development. Grand, aging apartment buildings in the Beaux Arts style of the late 19th century line the avenue, with a few abandoned over the years. Condo conversions or affordable housing could be a great way to have adaptive reuse of the buildings and keep the historic continuity of the neighborhood. Scenic Morningside Avenue from 110th Street to 124th Street can be reached by the 1, B or C train at the 110th Street stop. See following link on how to protect Harlem historic buildings or districts: LINK

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