Monday, April 26, 2010

☞ REVIVE: 341 St. Nicholas Avenue Storefront

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.


  1. You refer to this area as Hamilton Heights? Is this a typo?

  2. It's actually the edge of Manhattanville based on the Community Board 9 map.

  3. The area is pretty desolate at night so something that is open later hours would really help.

  4. coffee shop/cafe with a relaxed vibe - something like society - nothing too expensive because the area probably can't support it yet.

  5. This looks like a fantastic idea to me. What better than a classic, low key coffee shop to add personality to a desolate area??

  6. By coffee shop do they mean another stupid bodega? I am praying for something like Society. My god this are DOES NOT need the following:

    Fast Food
    .99 store.

    The area is flooded with the above. The neighborhood residents deserve better.

  7. I think by coffee shop the owners mean coffee shop. I think it sounds nice. The area is so eclectic it'll be a challenge to do it just right. Looking forward to it!

  8. What kinds of things do people in the area eat on their way to/from work? Would the building and the surrounding area be fond of a pickup/dropoff for a dry cleaner? If anyone has any suggestions for the space please email