Tuesday, May 31, 2011
LINK. Most of the other developments along the southern FDB corridor have gone on previously empty lots or have been adaptive reuse projects (like The Gateway or BLVD condos) so this one seems to be pretty ambitious since it will require a lot of demolition. This listing appeared just a week ago so it will be interesting to so how things progress by the end of summer.
LINK. Demolition of the old Con Ed building started about a year ago and the new charter school building that will also have an entrance on the north side of Marcus Garvey Park has now passed a major milestone. Harlem Village Academy, Harlem Children's Zone and Harlem Success Academy are notably the most high performing charters in the city but even more lawsuits have come about in reference to the general expansion of this type of public school. This time around, the controversy has apparently become a race issue: LINK
Harlem's second modern beer garden of the new century has a goal of opening in two weeks but there is still a lot to do with the patio portion of the space. New brick walls are still not under construction and the original plan for the outdoor flooring included herringbone pattern tiles. As far as the interior goes, we have seen that it is mostly finished at this point so the exterior space is really the last area to renovate before the eatery opens. More details on the Harlem Tavern site: HarlemTavern.com
LINK. Read more in the New York Times: LINK
Monday, May 30, 2011
LINK. See our past post to find out more about Opus 118: LINK
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Congratulations are in order for the Parsons Design Workshop team of graduate students. Yesterday was the big moment when the $15,000 material cost goal was reached for the Splash House pool pavilion in Washington Heights and the team will get started at the beginning of June. The young group of designers not only had to raise the money for the project via Kickstarter but they also had to get approval from the Landmarks Commission to be able to build on the site. Check out more on the Splash House blog to see what it took to get to this momentous point in the project: LINK. Even though not in Harlem proper, the High Bridge pool has in the (distant) past provided a summer haven for Harlem kids when some of the pools were not so safe further south as one reader pointed out: LINK
Saturday, May 28, 2011
LINK. Class photo via mFeeney on Twitter.
1. New Highs & Lows at 5 and Diamond (10)
2. What's Up with FDB Circle? (12)
3. The Harlem Tavern is Looking to Hire (3)
4. Rice High School to Close in June (10)
5. Building at 235 St. Nicholas (5)
6. The Business of Tourism in Harlem (6)
7. The Morningside Park Farmers Market (2)
8. The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater Debut (2)
9. Tapas Restaurant For 1400 Fifth Avenue (7)
10. The Hamilton Theatre Revisited (1)
Friday, May 27, 2011
Harlem is such an international destination these days and it actually is a bit odd that an outwardly present tourism center of some sort has not been established uptown in the past decade (there is a desk inside the Studio Museum). Even a small kiosk of with maps or directions probably would help out a lot of visitors and even direct traffic to some of the businesses that are not as visible or obvious. Most tour manuals become outdated very quickly (look at all the restaurants that have opened, closed or will open in recent months) so having material on hand that is current and translated in French, Spanish and Japanese would probably help out everyone involved. This year saw the first jazz festival finally arrive uptown so progress for the obvious is starting to happen albeit at a slow pace.
LINK. It now appears that The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute will be moving from Columbus Circle to the landmark firehouse at 120 East 125th Street which is located just west of the Lexington Avenue subway line. The cultural center will have 8,500 square foot of space to work with and intends to spend $3.5 million in renovations. This seems like a pretty good fit since the institute will gain double the space in this new location and also be closer to the many ethnic communities uptown.
Saturday, May 28th, 2:00 PM, Trilok Fusion Arts at The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Celebrate New York's evolving Indian music and dance traditions at an afternoon performance with Brooklyn's own Trilok Fusion Arts. Free with Museum Admission: LINK
Sunday, May 29th, 12:00 PM-6:00 PM, Hello Summer brunch party at Tian, 679 Riverside Drive & 145th Street (inside Riverbank State Park). Check out West Harlem's state park on the Hudson and its local Asian-Latin eatery: LINK
Sunday, May 29th, 8:00 PM, The Goddess Lakshmi at Paris Blues, 2021 ACP/7th Avenue and 121st Street. The old school Paris Blues bar has been having a bit of a revival with new music by The Goddess Lakshmi featured every Sunday: LINK. Photo by Sean Gilligan
Thursday, May 26, 2011
LINK. A total of 17 units are currently being offered with the majority of the condos consisting of 2 bedrooms and all being offered for well under $500k for the most part. The development faces St. Nicholas Park and is a couple of blocks away from the express station at 125th Street but not too much else is happening in the immediate area. More details can be found on the development site: www.ParkSideFlats.com
LINK. June 3rd is the big moving day so expect a little more activity and foot traffic in this corner of Harlem within the next month.
El Barrio Week will actually be running for two weeks next month and start out with the East Harlem International Film Festival. Features from Brazil, Uraguay, China and the US will be shown at the Poet's Den with tickets set at $12.00 which can be purchased on line: LINK. Local restaurant specials, salsa, openings, museum nights and block parties will also be scheduled. Stay tuned. www.ElBarrioToday.org
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
(from the Joseph Byron Collection, Theatre, Hamilton, Broadway & 146th Street, the Museum of the City of New York) taken around 1915 shows the original awning cornice and marquee that used to be out front of West Harlem's most distinct theatre establishment designed by Thomas W. Lamb: LINK. Today a store called El Mundo sells a little bit of everything within the front part of the building which still has some mosaic floor tiles that intimate its past use: LINK. As for the actual theater section in the back, apparently it is still intact but in pretty bad shape as these photos show: LINK
The bronze wall over at Frederick Douglass Circle has been sectioned off since last week so does anyone know what type of renovations are being made? This corner of Central Park North at 110th Street and FDB/8th Avenue finally opened about a year ago (lower photos from last year) but now has been partially closed off. Someone had mentioned that the wall had a water pool feature in the past and the star map on it was design to light up. Since none of these design elements have been up and running yet, is this what the city is working on currently?
The above video shows the full story of the Splash House project in Washington Heights that aims to raise enough funds in the next week or the pool pavilion will not be built. When we first reported on the Parsons architectural graduate student's efforts to find donors to come up with the $15,000 needed for the material costs last week, about $6,500 had been raised and now the amount is up to $9,791 as of this morning. Most of the 172 backers who have committed to this community project are doing so with pledging $100 or less to make it happen. So if you know anyone in the Heights or upper Harlem that uses this facility, make sure that they check out the Kickstarter site and make a donation: LINK
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
LINK. Another notable fact from the article is that the restaurant just north of 112th Street has also applied for a sidewalk cafe license which will help transform this part of lower FDB into a more pedestrian friendly destination.
LINK. Should the new zoning then be a big issue for this part of 116th Street?
Manhattan Community Board 10 will hold the zoning public hearing on the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building at 163 West 125th Street PM on Wednesday, June 1st, commencing at 6:00 PM. Check out more details for this particular issue on the Central Harlem Community Board 10 official website: LINK
LINK. The school founded in 1938 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers is notable for its one hundred percent college acceptance rate in the past years but the $5 million needed to prevent the institution from closing appears to be out of reach: LINK
Monday, May 23, 2011