Tuesday, March 29, 2011

☞ REVIVE: The Cecil Hotel & Minton's

The Cecil Hotel which has Minton's Playhouse on the lower floor appears to wrapping up a long renovation that's been happening for about the past two years.  Scaffolding has finally been removed at number 206-210 West 118th Street which sits on the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and is one of the miniature Flatiron Buildings of the area.  Apparently the Cecil was an actual hotel at some point but DOB permits show that units will now be moving over to the residential category with this latest remodel.  There's a great corner storefront at the lower floor that has been vacant for some time but Minton's is just around the corner.  The famous jazz playhouse has been closed in recent months but look out for some sort opening in the springtime since that venue is slated for the first Harlem Jazz Shrine Festival coming this May: LINK


  1. Minton's has been closed since last summer. I'm hoping for a reopening soon.

  2. this is a nice stretch of st. nicholas - the buildings are stately and the area is quiet and clean. i wish the street level store fronts could prosper but the population density isn't there yet - maybe five years or so down the road.