The East Harlem Media Entertainment Cultural Center is the official name for the planned mixed-use development on the north side of East 125th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue (top photo). There's currently an open lot used for parking and one notable tenement building housing an antique store on this block of 125th Street. The 126th Street side directly behind this corridor consist mainly of a huge, overgrown, vacant lot that had been abandoned for years. From the lower map, the planned $700 million project partly spearheaded by mall developer, General Growth Properties, can be seen in its full scope in relation to 125th Street (which is the two lane thoroughfare crossing diagonally from the left hand of the illustration). Eminent domain once more was set to be put into motion in the planning of this mega project, but all came to a halt last year since the recession caused the developers to file for bankruptcy.
We haven't heard much about the commercial aspect of the East Harlem MEC ever since, but the one affordable residential component loosely affiliated with the project just broke ground last month ( it's the building at the far lower left corner of the the map). Does anyone have an update? Read more about the mall developer's problem's in last year's NY Times: LINK. See more East Harlem MEC plans here: LINK. Top photo by Ulysses