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.
The 41 modern townhouses that line West 117th Street between Lenox and ACP/7th Avenue were all built as affordable housing a decade ago and the Malcolm Shabazz Gardens are another example of low level contextual housing in Harlem. All of the 3-family homes apparently sold out immediately when placed on the market and the block today is an interesting addition to the vernacular of Harlem brownstones. As seen from the top photos, the scale of the townhouse are similar to ones built over a century ago but the motifs take on a modern, geometric pattern in the stonework and the cast iron details. Walking by a house at number 118, we noticed that a particular homeowner decided to bring back a classic touch to the doorway portico (lower photo). Either way, this development was a thoughtful way of reviving a block and attracting new homeowners from the community right before the major construction boom in the area started up. Read more about the townhouses in the original press release: LINK