Friday, June 8, 2012

☞ INTRODUCING: 301-303 West 125 Street

The big news this week was that the building currently under construction at 301-303 West 125th Street would have a DSW, Joe's Crabshack and a Blink Fitness but The Read Deal now has the sketch of what the development will actually look like.  This new construction on the corner of FDB/8th Avenue will be somewhat contextual and will not have the all-glass look made popular by some of the past decade's new constructions.  More details on this FDB corridor development which should be complete a year from now can be found on the Read Deal website: LINK

17 comments:

  1. It does actually fit the area a lot better than the all glass concept. That's a pretty good trio for anchor tenants. Adding up the numbers looks like there is still a good 40,000 sq ft left to rent out. Excited about who else would take a stab at it.

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  2. I like the brick, would prefer a larger building here.

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  3. Looks to be coming along nicely...

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  4. Love the brick, it looks fresh but not overly shiny glass modern. Hopefully the Burlington Coat Factory development a couple blocks over is equally contextual.

    On another note, somebody needs to educate the real estate papers on what West Harlem is!

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  5. Not a bad building, but it's hard to be excited about any of these stores. With the possible exception of a new more affordable gym, I don't think they're adding much. I'm less than thrilled about the chainification of 125th.

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    1. Yes! Joe's Crab Shack? I am from the midwest (where the entire city is made up of franchises) and I am anti-chain restaurants that is one of the reasons I love NYC, plus Joe's food is horrible. Blink Fitness is cool I guess but can we get a Strand Bookstore?!

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  6. yuk. Nothing distinctive or original about this building. The unique character of Harlem is being watered down by all this cookie cutter architecture. They have an opportunity to do something new and different but this is not inspiring in the least.

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    1. I agree, so basic and cookie cutter, probably why it is going up so fast. Wish developers would put more into restoration and renovation (or real architectural innovation) and not these fly by night designs.

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  7. A DSW? Yes!

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  8. In my opinion this is only marginally better than the Staples/Marshall's horror on 125/Lenox - same flat box structure, just more windows. Also the retail/dining, as already mentioned, is mediocre. And the DSW will be trashed (just like Marshall's) within hours of opening.

    That said, I guess it's better than an empty lot.

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  9. Crikey, some people are hard to please. There are no end of crap shops along 125th. It is great having Marshalls on 125th. OK, it gets wrecked, but it isn't that bad. This rendering looks alright. Oh well, so it hasn't been built with turn of the century cornices and original details. There are a lot of families in Harlem who can't afford to eat at Lido or Red Rooster. Joe's Crab Shack is affordable, along with the Applebee's and Red Lobster's of this world. There will be something for everyone in Harlem.

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  10. Meh... As badmood said, better than an empty lot and definitely an improvement over the dangerous site it became earlier this year when it collapsed on that bus. Nevertheless, it's all so very downscale. Sure, there are chain and big box retailers downtown too, but they're spread out. 125th street is becoming a strip mall. Blech!

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  11. IMO, the main reason Marshall's gets trashed is because they don't hire enough stock personnel per floor.

    Downtown store tend to have at least three stock persons to keep an area squared away.

    Try finding a stock person (or any help at all some days) in the 125th Street Marshalls.

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  12. 125th street corridor is designed for the big box and chains so I am unsure what all the whinging is about. I have lived in Harlem for 12 years now and prior to that I used to come up to go to the jazz clubs. Believe me 125th was a hell hole.

    Regarding keeping the character of the old Harlem it is a very expensive proposition building these types of structures and as such developers tend to settle for either the middle of the road or the cookie cutter.

    It's not our money so to complain is not only useless but totally counter productive. Were we not complaining when it was empty and full of drug paraphernalia?

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  13. first, I love the marshalls on 125th street, yes it is gross the way they do not maintain it - I think the folks at TJX (the public parent company of marshalls, tj max, homegoods) would be horrified at how the store is maintained. But......great deals, especially on the clearance stuff.

    Now , back to the building - awful , just awful. Why is everything new built on 125th so hideous? While the new construction everywhere else in Harlem I would say is a step up from most other nyc new construction (not saying much ,,,,but definately better)... 125th street should be built with amazing design and YES highrises.

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  14. Why so small??? There should be 200 condos on top.

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