Monday, May 7, 2012

☞ REVIVE: 110 West 123rd Street in the News

The dramatic collapse of the free standing brownstone at 110 West 123rd Street was in the local news last Friday and nothing much remains of the structure that was going under some repairs at the time.  Looking at DOB permits, the empty 8-unit brownstone that was formerly attached to another at one point was in the process of some major structural repairs but the entire building completely collapsed before getting the needed reinforcement.

According to Streeteasy, the property was sold last September for $600K and the new owners apparently had been trying to have much need structural work done to keep it standing. There are quite a few row house blocks with open lots in Harlem but what makes this particular building different is that it was one of the only ones that had vacant lots on both sides which might of made it less unstable than most. This brownstone is just outside of the Mount Morris Park Historic District so the lot will probably be sold off for a new construction to arrive in the future.


  1. Terrible loss of such a beautiful old building. Despite effort to stabilize the building, someone cut corners, from the engineer, to the architect to the contractor, it will be interesting to see what was the weak link in the chain of responsibility. It will be hard to tell as all that is left is rubble and he said, she said. Glad no one was hurt.

  2. 600k for the building. Is the plot of land possibly worth more? Glad nobody was injured.

  3. Does anyone know what impact it had on the community garden next door?

  4. What a shame. Here in Troy, NY we lost a lot of our historic architecture needlessly as well. I came along and rescued mine just in the kick of time. I only paid $10k for it at an auction. It was cut into four 1 bedroom apartments but I turned it back to a single family mansion.

    I am floored at what brownstones cost in NYC. If mine was in NYC instead of Troy it would go for well over 2 million. I love my house and am very fortunate to be its present steward.