The corner of 127th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue will be getting even more interesting in the near future, and it has nothing to do with the new rental building going up on the formerly vacant lots on the east side of the avenue. We received some information over the weekend that confirms the deserted storefront on the west side of St. Nicholas, right north of the P.S. 157 apartments on 127th Street, will be restored sometimes very soon. This most eastern corner of West Harlem has been pretty desolate for some time and the new proprietors are thinking about opening a coffee shop in the corner store (which possibly can be combined with the storefronts on the 127th Street side of the building).
The NYC tax photo (top image) shows the building corner with a thriving business in the earlier half of the 20th century. With the store's proximity to the A,B,C,D express train exit at 127th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue(last photo), and St. Nicholas Park a block north, we are thinking that this could be the turn around business for the area if done right i.e Settepani in the Mount Morris Park Historic District. So West Harlem, what are your thoughts about this corner, and would a coffee shop be a great addition to this section of St. Nicholas Avenue or what? All suggestions are welcome.