Parsons School of Design alumnus with a BFA in fashion, who has worked in the menswear industry for several years. Past lives have been in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan; more recently transplanted to Harlem. Currently living in a 1907 "French flat," an Edwardian era middle-class apartment.
When we walked by 5 West 120th Street this past weekend, there seemed to be a lot of activity at the formerly boarded up townhouse. This block between Mount Morris Park West and Lenox Avenue has some of the most beautiful brownstones in Manhattan but there are couple of mystery houses at the east side. Checking back on the sales records, this abandoned SRO was sold at the end of summer this year for $700K. A work permit from 2005 show that all the filings were in place for converting the SRO into a 4-family, class "A" building and another permit was also issued this month. Apparently the 20 foot wide townhouse was classified as "I1" which is basically a hospital or sanitarium. Whatever the case may be, this property was boarded up for a long time and it's quite good news to see men on site restoring the landmark building.