Monday, October 31, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: Posing at the Telegram Parade

The above photo is a closer image of the male contestants for the costumed evening telegram parade of 1896.  Out of all the categories listed previously, we are assuming that these young men were probably being judged for Most Graceful Gentleman Rider over at Riverside Drive and not for one of the more decorative categories.  Another key point to note is that there is only one single mansion behind the spectators so this part of the drive was not overly developed with apartment buildings during this time period.

Byron Company, New York, NY, The Evening Telegram Parade - Riverside Drive, 1896 via the digital Collection at the Museum of the City of New York

☞ DWELL: 605 West 147th Sold in September

The Hamilton Heights townhouse at 605 West 147th Street located right by Riverside Drive went into contract over the summer and it now appears that the 13 foot wide townhouse has sold.  This building seems to be in good condition but was priced  on the high end 3 years ago. At $2.15 million, the initial asking didn't move the property and the price that got some attention was basically half the cost at $999K.  Checking up on public records, it is now evident that the final selling price in September ended up at $970K for this brownstone which has loads of original wood details to it.

☞ REVIVE: Update on Mount Moriah Church

The old Mount Moriah Church at 2050 Fifth Avenue and 126th Street was up for sale last year and we just received a tip that a new owner has recently appeared.  There had been rumors that the site had a planned condo conversion but a reader with inside information has reported that an arts organization has taken over the house of worship and has started stripping the interior in the past week.

A full renovation of the structure will apparently be forthcoming but permits do not seem to have been filed from what we can gather from the DOB website.  The lower photo is the most current image of the church entranceway which had a "For Sale" sign up out front for most of the past year: LINK.  Note also that the original Mount Moriah Baptist Church signage has been removed at this point.

☞ SHOP: No Residents but Stores Welcomed

The New York Times has story up this week about landlords in Harlem who would rather lease out storefronts in East Harlem but do not bother renovating and renting out the floors above the commercial space.  This is especially common in East Harlem where the a survey found that out of Manhattan's 1,723 significantly vacant properties, three-fourths were located north of 96th Street.

Even with vacancy rates hovering around one percent in the city, these buildings still remain boarded up on the top floors which are often used for storage.  The city has apparently tried to contact a few of the property owners and provided loan incentives but many still have not taken any action. A majority of these buildings have been in a state of disrepair for twenty to thirty years and the general theory is that the landlords do not want to deal with the "hassle" of having residential tenants.  Read more in the New York Times: LINK

☞ WALK: After the Halloween Weekend Snow

Saturday's blizzard caught many off guard this weekend but the surprise fall snowstorm left few traces by the time Sunday rolled around.  Most of the streets barely had a few wet areas in Harlem yesterday morning and the only evidence of the blizzard from the previous day was found on the highest rooftops as can be seen at the P.S 157 residential building on St. Nicholas Avenue.  The Cathedral of St. John the Divine overlooking Morningside Park also had a frosty dome but now most evidence of the fall flurries have disappeared.  Halloween has finally arrived for 2011 and is as cold as usual but it too almost became a snowy one.

☞ LISTEN: Lillias White in Concert

Friday, November 4th, 7:00 PM, Lillias White at Aaron Davis Hall, West 135th Street and Convent Avenue .   Tony-winner Lillias White performs for the first time for Harlem Stage's Aaron Davis Hall at City College. Lillias is best known for her award-winning performances in "The Life, "Dreamgirls" and so much more.  Tickets $40 Orchestra, $30 Balcony, $25 Student/Senior. Call 212.650.2900 for ticket information or go to:

Friday, October 28, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: The Evening Telegram Parade

There are a few photos of the costumed bicycle extravaganza called the Evening Telegram Parade on file but the above image from the Ephemeral New York site really captures the variety of folks at that event in 1896. The tour sponsored by the Evening Telegram appears to have been pretty diverse and would go from the Upper West Side in the 60s to Grant's Tomb at Riverside Drive at 122nd Street before riders would reverse their course. Prizes were given out to the "most graceful lady rider, the best costumed and most graceful gentleman rider, the best decorated costume, the most grotesque or fancy costume, and for the best appearing bicycle club."  We are not sure if the event happened past 1896 but that said year did create quite a stir in the local media. Read more about the Evening Telegram Parade at Ephemeral New York: LINK

☞ DWELL: 404 West 145th Street Townhouse

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday October 30th, 12:15 PM-1:45 PM by appointment. The townhouse at 404 West 145th Street has been gut renovated recently and consist of four rental apartments along with a ground floor commercials space.  This block between St. Nicholas and Convent Avenue is just right by the express trains at 145th Street, Jackie Robinson Park and the local commercial hub.  Check out photos of the renovation after the jump.

☞ WALK: Trinity Cemetery for Halloween

Sunday, October 30th, 11:00 AM, Trinity Cemetery Walking Tour by Eric K. Washington, starting at Audubon Terrace,  Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets, $15. The New York Post features Harlem Historian Eric K.Washington's upcoming weekend tour of Manhattan's most famous cemetery which will be a perfect historic Halloween excursion: LINK.  One famous figure was left out of article so we decided to re-post on one of the most notable New York City women of the 19th century:

Trinity Cemetary, on the northwest border of Harlem and Southern reaches of Washington Heights, rest some of New York's most reputable (and some not so reputable) families. Eliza Jumel could be said to be an example of the two. From her "working girl" roots, she was able to marry the most successful wine merchant in Manhattan and thus became the wealthiest woman in New York City circa 1804. Famous for being rich and more than a bit scandalous, this Evita of the early 19th century has her tomb on the same grounds as the Astor family. Read more about her interesting life and the mansion that bears her namesake: LINK.

☞ SHOP: Metro PCS Arriving on Lenox

A reader sent in a photo of 293 Lenox Avenue which formerly housed a beauty salon but will now be the new home of Metro PCS.  The ubiquitous cell phone provider will now be making its presence in Central Harlem, just north of 129th Street and is another more commercial element arriving recently.  A Little Caesars Pizza is also opening on Lenox just a couple of blocks south so there seems to be a mixing of better establishments and mass commercial retailers (that are usually seen on 125th Street) making its way to this part of Harlem.

☞ INTRODUCING: New York City Marathon 2011

Sunday, November 6th, Starting 10:40 AM,  The New York City Marathon at Marcus Garvey Park.  The best place to see the New York City Marathon in Harlem is along Mount Morris Park West in the 120s so mark your calendar for this year's upcoming event that will have participants running through all the boroughs.  Check out the entire route and the official website:  LINK.  Harlem is one of the last legs of the race so the runners are always happy to get encouragement from the crowd towards the end of the course.

☞ SEE: Around Harlem this Weekend

Friday-Saturday, October 28th-29th,7:30 PM, The Christian Scott Quintet at the Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at 135th Street. The Christian Scott Quintet will premiere five new compositions that seek to build a new Harmolodic system using seamless compositional forms with the types of collective improvisational elements of the early Jazz of New Orleans interwoven with textural elements of Modern Alt Rock. Advance $25 tickets may be purchased on line: LINK

Saturday, October 29th, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, Mount Morris Park Historic District Farmers Market is open for the season at 124th Street and Fifth Avenue: LINK

Saturday,  October 29th, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Morningside Park Farmers Market, corner of 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue. Check out the new seasonal and locally grown and produced goods while enjoying Morningside Park: LINK

Saturday, October 29th, 1:00 PM, Children’s Make-Some-Noise Costume Parade will begin in Marcus Garvey Park’s northwest corner near West 124 Street and Mount Morris Park West, and will follow the lead of the Grand Marshall. The spooky group will make its way in and around Marcus Garvey Park, and return to the little playground, north of Pelham Fritz Center.: LINK

Saturday, October 29th, 1:00PM -2:30PM, Lecture: The Federalist & the Fight for the Constitution at the Morris Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, between 160th and 161st Street. On October 27th, 1787, the Independent Journal in New York published Federalist 1, and thus began the conversation that would define the Constitution. Historian and tour operator Jimmy Napoli will speak about the struggle behind the creation of the United States. This lecture is FREE but advanced registration is required. Call 212.923.8008.  More details on the Morris-Jumel site: LINK

Sunday, October 30th, 4:00PM-8:00PM, The Shrine Sunday Jazz Jam Session with Lu Reid, 2271 ACP/7th Avenue and 134th Street. Spontaneous Jazz does not happen at Lincoln Center...or BAM! Check out local jazz artist Lu Reid at this early Sunday evening jam: LINK

Thursday, October 27, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: The Central Harlem Townhouse

We have just started catching up again with the Central Harlem townhouse renovations in the West 130s and will be posting more interiors but wanted to compare an old facade photo in the meantime. One of the more interesting lost features of the house seen in the 1942 tax photo is that the cornice area had a very unique pediment and balustrade detail.  There was also a balustrade above the portico entrance which no longer exist today.  On a larger scale, there appears to have been a very substantial apartment building next door at one point and an amazing community garden exists there today: LINK. Check out our past post to see the house as a shell: LINK

☞ DWELL: Selling at 306 West 115th Street

A curious new modern building at 306 West 115th Street was constructed west of the lower FDB corridor but has not seen any selling activity until now.  Checking up on the Streeteasy, the 4-unit condo apparently called The IBO just closed on a one bedroom unit with a total of 1,140 square foot for the price of $656,771 which breaks down to $576 per square foot: LINK.  Remaining units are set at $600K-$1.5 million which includes a penthouse.  More photos after the jump.

☞ REVIVE: 11 Mount Morris Park West

The landmark corner building at 11 Mount Morris Park West at 121st Street has had some scaffolding up on the side of the building in the past month or so and it appears that some general repairs are at hand for the south side of the building.  Permits were filed during the summer but the lack of protective netting had stalled the project for a short period of time.

From what can be gathered from the photo of the side of the building, it appears that the windows are the focus of the repairs but painting the brick facade might also be something considered going forward. Unfortunately the one feature that probably will not be restored in some time is the missing conical cupola on the corner turret tower. That architectural detail has been missing for some time and would probably be quite an investment to have it reconstructed once more.

☞ SHOP: What's Up with 321 Lenox Avenue?

Upper Lenox has been seeing some action in the past year since the arrival of the Red Rooster and it appears that the corner store at 126th Street will be opening a new establishment soon.  The fragrance shop with a very clinical looking exterior closed several months ago at 321 Lenox but this past week saw a new permit up on the front door for interior demolition work on the retail space.  We could not find much else on the new establishment but a reader just sent in a tip that mentioned a sports bar will soon arrive.  Harlem used to be famous for its bars and night life so it appears the that trend is going full circle once more.

☞ READ: The Bessie Awards Move to the Apollo

The New York Times reports that the dance awards named after Bessie Schonberg made a notable move from the standard downtown venue and were presented at the Apollo this year on Monday.  Over 1,400 guests gathered to celebrate the dance world's independent spirit which honored achievements in categories ranging from ballet to tap. The Harlem School of the Arts students were on hand for the night and provided the only performance piece for the evening which was also hosted by Bebe Neuwirth. A theme of diversity was the focus of the night and moving the ceremony uptown for this year appears to have been the appropriate choice.  Read more in the Times: LINK

☞ LISTEN: Live Music at East Harlem Cafe

Thursday, October 27th,  8:00PM, Live Music at East Harlem Cafe, 1651 Lexington Avenue, corner of East 104th Street. Join Chantilly Mers and friends, Cameron Orr (violin) and Jacob Reese (cajone/percussion) as they perform at the popular East Harlem Cafe with acoustic soulful tunes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: 61-63 West 124th circa 1932

A rather large wood frame house with grand porches used to be on the block just east of Lenox Avenue as a photo from 1932 shows.  The resident consisted of two separate houses but built together as one unit. An interesting feature here is the widow's walk at the top of the house which might have been of use when the surrounding area was more pastoral.  It's unclear how long the structure lasted through the mid century but one can see that a rather basic taller building has been on the parcel were the said house stood.  Photo via NYPL

☞ DWELL: 337 Convent Sold in September

Another Convent Avenue townhouse in the historic district has apparently sold but there does not appear to have been any major listings previously out for 337 Convent Avenue. The 20-foot-wide townhouse is the neighbor to the corner building that the film The Royal Tenenbaums made famous and apparently was split into six apartments.  A final sales price was recorded at $1.6 million back in September for 3,920 square foot in total at the property just south of West 144th Street. One of the recent record sales in Harlem was the neighbor at 329 Convent which sold for $2.3 million: LINK

☞ REVIVE: A Ground View of Manhattanville Site

Anyone who has ever taken a ride on the elevated 1 train at 125th Street has seen the construction of the new Columbia Manhattanville Campus in progress via an ariel view but pedestrians now have a chance to take a peek at ground level.  This section north of Broadway and 125th Street has been obstructed by plywood fences for over a year now but small windows have been added in recent months for the benefit of curious onlookers.

Walking by the site in the last week, we snapped the lower photo which shows all the groundwork still at hand for the first section of new campus and one can see that the last holdout building is still standing at the center of the photo.  Signs up on the surrounding plywood walls have announced that demolition and abatement would be finished by Summer 2011 but it appears all the prep works is still in progress at this point: LINK.  Click on lower photo to enlarge.

☞ SHOP: Closing and Opening on St. Nicholas

The Thai takeout in the laundromat at St. Nicholas Avenue and 148th Street was quite a sensation when it opened a year ago but now it appears to have closed down for good. Folks that tried out Tri Thai Cuisine had good things to say about but many did not agree with it being in the front end of the laundry establishment.  A reader mentioned that the woman running the operations appears to have gone away for vacation and never returned.  Read more about Tri Thai from our original post: LINK

As far as openings go, Crain's reports that the next door commercial space by the Thai takeout (at far right of photo) has secured a lease for another wine shop on the Sugar Hill section of West Harlem.  A wine seller opened at 704 St. Nicholas a month ago and a the new store at 752 St. Nicholas will now house the Harlem Wine Gallery at the formerly vacant 1,300-square-foot space. The lease was just signed and a Holiday opening has been planned along with exhibits from local artists as part of the interior: LINK

☞ SEE: TMTC Harlem Horror Night

Thursday, October 27th, 8:00 PM, The Movement Theatre Company Presents: TMTC Harlem Horror Nights at the Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue at 127th Street. 100% Free!!!!! This evening will feature eclectic performances from a variety of artists who re-imagine classic horror films right before your eyes.

Watch a re-interpretation of Psycho or a slam poet's take on Final Destination. Be prepared to meet Halloween's Michael Myers. How terrifying will Scream become when the story jumps off the screen? Don't miss this unique theatrical experience that will bring the things that go bump in the night right to you as The Movement Theatre Company brings HORROR films to LIFE. Films showcased throughout the evening include The Ring, Psycho, Carrie, Halloween, The Blair Witch Project, The Exorcist, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Final Destination.

Harlem Brewing Company is providing Sugar Hill Golden Ale for the event, so come get a drink, sit, back, relax and enjoy a SCREAM of a good time!  RSVP for this free event at: LINK

☞ INTRODUCING: Cecil Beaton Exhibit at MCNY

Through February 20th, Cecil Beaton: The New York Years at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. From the 1920s through the '60s, Manhattan's artistic and social circles embraced British-born photographer and designer Cecil Beaton (1904–80). Cecil Beaton: The New York Years brings together extraordinary photographs, drawings, and costumes by Beaton to chronicle his impact on the city's cultural life. Beaton's relentless energy and curiosity spurred him to pursue new fields, from fashion and portrait photography to costume and scenic design for Broadway, ballet, and opera, and to put his own aesthetic stamp on each of these endeavors. Open every day from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM: LINK

Photo of Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe and Cecil Beaton courtesy the Museum of the City of New York

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: Harlem, 1960 by Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter's color images of New York City in the mid century provided a historic glimpse of the metropolis which had mostly been photographed in black and white in previous decades.  The above photo shows Harlem in 1960s with a dapper gentleman, an unidentified restaurant or jazz venue along with a truck dropping off a shipment of gin.  Could this be 125th Street?  There's not much information on the photo but the brief elements of the image still provide a colorful glimpse of a time gone by.

☞ DWELL: 513 West 152nd Street Townhouse

The West Harlem townhouse locate at 513 WEst 152nd Street (at far right of photo) just arrived on the market this month for the asking price of $1.49 million.  Located between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, the 2-family property does not have much happening around it so will the interior renovations sell this building?  More photos of the renovations after the jump.

☞ EAT: Red Rooster and Chez Lucienne

The one restaurant that is really benefiting from the arrival of the Red Rooster on Lenox Avenue appears to be Chez Lucienne located next door. This pair of eateries just north of 125th Street have a synergy in their cafe culture but also help one another out with foot traffic.  Since the Red Rooster is often fully booked all the time or has recently been closed for private events, tourists and curious downtowners are often turned away so they just end up next door at Chez Lucienne.

There are not really too many other high profile chefs uptown but if anymore decide to venture forth, then other restaurants in the area might benefit. Last month, it was reported that Jonathan Waxman of downtown's Barbuto might be contemplating Harlem for another restaurant but those rumors have since not been confirmed: LINK

☞ REVIVE: Back at 117th Street and FDB

New gates, new sidewalks and a cleanup crew at the corner lot located on the west side of 117th Street and FDB/8th Avenue has many wondering on what is actually going at this corner of South Harlem.  A tip came in this weekend informed us of gentlemen handing out "flyer announcing that the flea market would be coming soon. no date is set, but they are calling it "The Harlem Treasure Chest."  Walking by the lot on Sunday, we did not notice any signs but the parcel of land definitely has been cleaned up with gravel having been laid out over what used to be overgrown weeds, foliage and detritus.

☞ DRINK: Wine Tasting at Morris-Jumel Mansion

Saturday, November 12th, 4:00PM – 6:00PM, Wine Tasting at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, between 160th and 161st Street. The popular wine tasting event at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights will focus on Thanksgiving dinner this year.  And one age-old question is what kind of wine goes with Thanksgiving? Red? White? Champagne/Sparkling? Pinot Noir? Gewurztraminer? Sample a mix of wines that go with the diverse foods of this special holiday along with all the fixins.  Tickets are $25 per person and $20 for members. Pre-paid Advanced registration is required. Call 212.923.8008.  More details on the Morris-Jumel site: LINK

☞ LISTEN: Simón Bolívar Big-Band Jazz

Tuesday, Nov 1st, 7:30PM,  Bolívar Big-Band Jazz at The Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at 135th Street. Legendary jazz pianist Arturo O'Farrill hosts the premiere NYC trip of Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar Big-Band Jazz. Join Harlem Stage for a FREE musical evening and a rare chance to experience the El Sistema model, which has transformed hundreds of thousands of children's lives globally. More information and RSVP at the Harlem Stage site: LINK

Monday, October 24, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: West 116th & 7th Ave circa 1959

A photo taken circa 1959 shows the intersection of West 116th at 7th Avenue and is one of the more rare mid century architectural photos on file at the local archives.  Anyone familiar with this corner of the avenue known as Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in recent decades will recognize the famous building in the background which is Graham Court.  The notable residential building founded by the Astors in 1898 still stands today and is currently a rental building: LINK

7th Avenue between 116th and 117th Street, looking east.  ca 1959 via the digital library at the Museum of the City of New York

☞ DWELL: Condos Return at The Morellino

The former condo-turned-hostel-turned-condo-turned-rental at ACP/7th and 118th Street apparently has converted several of its units back into condos.  Streeteasy has now several new condo listings posted for the former Lotta building which is now called the Morellino at 159 West 118th Street: LINK.  This adaptive reuse building reportedly has 35 units in all but only 9 listings appear currently on the real estate website with prices ranging from $475K to $1.4 million which averages at $720 per square foot.  More details and interior photos at the new Lotta website:

☞ READ: CU Plans Affordable Housing at 148th

The Columbia Spectator reports that the single level commercial strip that takes up the block between 147th and 148th Street will now be replaced by a 12-story affordable building complex built by Columbia University. Residents of two existing building to be demolished to make way for the new Manhattanville campus further south will eventually move into the 42-unit new construction that will also have retail on street level and house a church formerly located in Manhattanville.  Demolition will begin on the new construction site sometimes next month and the entire project is expected to finish within 2 years.  Read more details in the Spectator: LINK

☞ REVIVE: The Marquee at 313-315 West 125th

The sidewalk shed finally went down at the commercial building being restored at 313-315 West 125th Street and the new ground floor storefront appears to be bringing back the original marquee.  Walking by the site just west of St. Nicholas Avenue this past weekend, we noticed that an even more accurate restoration was at hand since the suspended marquee or awning seems to be now in place.  It is unclear where this came from but the structure over the main entrance reminds us of the one that used to be over at Blumstein's on 125th Street about a century ago: LINK

☞ LISTEN: An Afternoon of Bach at St.Mary's

Sunday, November 13th, 3:00 PM, An Afternoon of Bach at St. Mary's, 521 West 126th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam.   The Harlem Chamber Players. The Harlem Chamber Players present An Afternoon of Bach at St. Mary's Episcopal Church as part of their seasonal concert series. The concert will feature violinist Ashley Horne in Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor and violists Richard Brice and Amadi Azikiwe in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. Pianist Evelyn Golz and flutist Lisa Arkis will also join the ensemble in a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and Seniors.  Go to the Harlem Chamber Players site for more information and online tickets: LINK.  Photo courtesy Bill Player.

☞ SEE: Procession of the Ghouls at St. John

Friday, October 28th, 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, Procession of the Ghouls, Following a screening of Phantom of the Opera (1925) at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, West 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.  The Great Organ will be played by Timothy Brumfield to accompany this year’s screening of the original Phantom of the Opera (1925) and the procession of Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company’s ghosts and ghouls, Halloween at the Cathedral will be infused with new energy. The full stretch of the nave is at the disposal of Mr. Lee’s fantastic creatures of the night, and visitors are encouraged to brace themselves for increased ghostly mischief and ghoulish tricks.

Seats closest to the action are for the bravest at heart, who may find themselves directly confronted with the hooked, expressive nose of a demon, the mossy nails of a witch, or the bulging, flushed cheeks of a ghostly manchild. Tickets are $20. Call (866) 811-4111 (additional service charges apply) or purchase on line: LINK

Friday, October 21, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: Farmacia Italiana circa 1932

A photo from 1932 shows street life at the corner of 119th Street and First Avenue when the neighborhood was still known as Harlem's Little Italy on the east side.  East Harlem had the largest Italian population in the city until the 1950's when Urban Renewal would displace that particular immigrant group and cause major demographic shifts. Towers in the park style of architecture replaced great sections of the old tenement neighborhood but this particular block shown in the photo still exists today albeit somewhat altered.

Charles Von Urban, 2323 First Avenue, ca 1932 via the digital collection at the Museum of the City of New York

☞ DWELL: 2007 5th Avenue Townhouse

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, October 23rd, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM.  The townhouse at 2007 5th Avenue is just right above Marcus Garvey Park and has only been on the market for the past month.  From the interior photos of the home just located below 125th Street, it appears that the building was gut renovated  with higher end finishes.  More images of the renovations after the jump.

☞ EAT: Signage Up at Jin Noodle Bar

We reported a few weeks back that a new asian noodle bar will be arriving in Manhattanville and the signs have gone up out front of 3185 Broadway this past week.  Jin will be the name of the establishment and the sleek wood horizontal paneling out front is also repeated on the interior but in a three dimensional way (lower photo).

Out of all the new Asian eateries that have opened uptown in the past couple years, this one appears to have the aesthetics of the the modern Thai restaurants one would find down in Chelsea or Hell's Kitchen. Ramen noodle shops are quite the trend downtown so it will be interesting to see if this catches on uptown since the establishment will be the first of its kind to arrive. There is no opening date set yet but all seems to be progressing along quickly.