Monday, April 30, 2012

☞ DWELL: 10 East 129th Street in Contract

One of the new townhouse constructions around Central Harlem might raise some eyebrows with architectural purist but buyers don't seem to mind.  Number 10 East 129th Street is now in contract after finishing up in the past year or so. The building located just East of 5th Avenue is a 3-family home and is located next to a community garden and a few original townhouses that are still intact.An initial listing price was set at $1.1 million but the final sales price is yet to be confirmed.  More on Streeteasy: LINK

☞ EAT: Cafes and Tourists in Harlem

Walking down Lenox Avenue this weekend at 119th Street, we noticed that the local coffee shop called Il Caffe Latte had a line to get in and many tourist milling about as well as locals from the neighborhood.  As the warmer weather comes in the next following weeks, the tourist traffic appears to picking up and some of the area cafes are benefitting from this influx of foreign visitors. Il Caffe Latte opened a few years ago and has provided moderate prices with decent food offerings in a classically designed interior.  This formula seems to work and more cafe have now appeared on the upper sections of Lenox Avenue just this past year.

☞ SHOP: Harlem Haberdashery Opens

The classic mens store called Harlem Haberdashery at 245 Lenox Avenue has officially opened in the Mount Morris Park Historic District this past weekend. Bespoke shopper should expect a full range of mens tailored clothing, outerwear and shirt offerings as well as accessories. Check out the official Facebook site of the store located between 122nd and 123rd Street for more details: LINK.  Interior shop photo by Harlem Haberdashery via Facebook

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☞ INTRODUCING: Tea at Morris-Jumel Mansion

Saturday, May 5th from 3pm – 5pm Tea in the Garden: History of Afternoon Tea at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, between 160th and 161st Street. Treat Mom to an afternoon of history and tasty treats. The tea party will take place outdoors to enjoy the view of the Mansion’s historic sunken garden. Hear food historian Francine Segan give a talk on Tea 101 and enjoy a full afternoon of tea service. The event is suitable for adults and families. It will sell out quickly, so RSVP soon! Tickets are $25 per person, $20 for members & $10 for children. Pre-paid advanced registration is required. To reserve a spot, call 212 923 8008

Friday, April 27, 2012

☞ DWELL: 52 Hamilton Terrace Townhouse

OPEN HOUSE:  Saturday, April 28th, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM.  The house at 52 Hamilton Terrace has arrived on the market for the asking price of $1.595 million.  This 18-foot-wide building in one of the desirable historic districts is close to the express trains at 145th Street but has a lower price because it is currently an SRO.  A Certificate of Non Harassment is in place so the new buyer will be able to convert the house once it is finally sold.  With that said, this historic townhouse has probably not been updated for some time and the chopped up floors would have to be reconfigured. More details on the broker site: LINK

☞ BESPOKE: Harlem Reno with Moroccan Tiles


When we last visited the Central Harlem renovation house, the master bath was being set up with classic marble finishes but we also had a preview of more exotic tile work in other parts of home.  Houses in the 19th and earlier 20th Century often had colorful encaustic or other hand-glazed tiles so the Moroccan tile treatment on the walls of a guest bath (lower photo) is actually contextual to the style of the historic house.  The homeowner also used these custom tiles for the fireplace surrounds when original glazed subway tiles could not be found. These Moroccan tiles provide a bright, colorful accent to the house without taking over the mostly neutral theme found throughout the home.  We have been to the specialty shop in downtown Chelsea to look at the range of encaustic and Moroccan tiles offered and those interested should check out this website: LINK

☞ LOOK: Space Shuttle Flies Over Harlem


A Bespoke reader caught the dramatic footage today of the space shuttle flight over the city.  The above photos were taken by the landmark section of Convent Avenue in Hamilton Heights and shows the shuttle piggybacking a ride over the city.  This section of West Harlem located right below 145th Street is one of of the most historically intact neighborhoods in the city and the modern visual of the the shuttle flying over is quite a contrast.  Amazing!  Click images to enlarge

☞ REVIVE: 58 East 126th Demolition Begins

There was a lot of controversy when papers reported on the plight of 58 East 126th Street in the past weeks but that still has not helped neighbors halt the demolition of the century-old brownstone. A Bespoke reader snapped the above photo this morning which shows the demo crew on site and inside the property on the historic residential block by the East Harlem border of Central Harlem.  This neighborhood located between Madison and Park is one of those rare areas in Manhattan that has brownstones completely intact on both sides of the street but now there will be empty lot in the near future.  The block association has been trying to reach out to the owner for years now and even considered buying the property but any communication was met by silence.  Read more about the battle to save 58 East 126th Street in the New York Times: LINK

☞ LISTEN: Wycliffe Gordon's Jazz á la Carte

Saturday, May 12th, 3:00PM and 8:00PM, Wycliffe Gordon's Jazz á la Carte, at the Apollo, 253 W. 125th Street. For eight decades, the world-famous Apollo Theater has been the premiere showcase for African-American music: from vaudeville, blues, jazz, R&B, soul, mambo and hip-hop. One of its most popular long-running shows was the Jazz á la Carte, a variety show produced by Frank Schiffman and Leo Brecher, featuring MC Ralph Cooper, the Benny Carter Orchestra and many other exciting performers.

Last year, at the inaugural Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, presented by the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile, Inc., the Jazz á la Carte series was wonderfully revived by trombonist/composer/arranger Wycliffe Gordon. This year at the 2012 festival, Gordon returns for two splendid and swinging sets of the legendary revue/variety show.

Led by the multi-talented Gordon - who was discovered by Wynton Marsalis, and was a former member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra - this year's edition features director/choreographer Kenneth L. Roberson; dancer extraordinaire Maurice Hines, who will serve as Master of Ceremonies; the world's tap dance superstar Savion Glover; along with The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, the gospel-tinged vocalist Theresa Thomason, pianist and Cole Porter Fellow Aaron Diehl, trumpeter Philip Dizack, trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman and The Apollo Dancers.

Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster: LINK

☞ SEE: Around Harlem This Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, April 28th-29th, 6:00AM-6:00PM, Harlem Treasure Chest Flea Market, 117th Street and FDB/8th Avenue.  South Harlem's first flea market arrives just in time for the warm weather.  Check out the offerings from local antique vendors this weekend: LINK

Saturday, April 28th, 3:00 PM, John James Audubon's 227th Birthday at the Riverside Oval located at 156th Street and Riverside Drive which was the site of one of Audubon's barns. In commemoration of J.J. Audubon's 227th birthday, there will be a celebratory event at the new landmark district uptown - admire the flora, meet the neighbors and eat some cake. All Free! Get more information about the historic district on the official website: LINK.

Sunday April 29th, 3:00PM,The Harlem Chamber Players Spring Concert,  St. Mary's Episcopal Church located,  521 West 126th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam. The Harlem Chamber Players present the final concert of their season next Sunday. Eric K. Washington, historian and author of Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem will host the concert.  Join HCP for an afternoon of wonderful music with a wine and cheese reception afterwards. Tickets are $15, $10 for Seniors/Students available at the door the day of or online at our website www.HarlemChamberPlayers.org

Sunday, April 29th, 7:30PM, Comedy Sundays at Covo, at the upstair lounge, 701 West 135th Street at 12th Avenue. Come check out the monthly comedy show with some of NYC's best comedians in one of Harlem's most unique lounges (top of a former railroad station). Hosted by NYC comedian William Mullin, this Sunday night show features comics Keith Alberstadt, Robin Carson Cloud, Adam Cozens and Leighann Lord alongside DJ Chris Washington. This is a Free event with drink specials: LINK

Thursday, April 26, 2012

☞ DWELL: Embelesar118 over 85 Percent sold



Embelesar118 at 152 East 118th Street over by Lexington Avenue and 118 Street is at the 85 percent sold mark according to a recent press release.  The final remaining apartments consist of studios, one-, or two-bedroom homes. Starting in the low $200,000s, Embelesar118 also has the benefit of still having a 25-year 421A tax abatement for interested homebuyers.

There are just nine units left at the 57-unit residence located only two blocks from the Lexington Avenue subway line at 116th Street. Amenities include a concierge, live-in super, two furnished resident’s terraces, large fitness room, “Fresh Direct” cold storage closet, package delivery room, bicycle room and on-site parking. Moreover, the building qualifies for SONYMA-backed loans with as little as five percent down. Board approval is not required. More information may be found at the development site: www.embelesar118.com

☞ EAT: French Restaurant for 341 St. Nicholas


An inside tip has confirmed that a French restaurant has secured the lease at 341 St. Nicholas Avenue over at West  Central Harlem's  border by the park.  The building's management sent us an archival photo of the location on the corner of West 127th Street a couple of years back and wanted to ask readers what they thought best suited the neighborhood. Apparently a new restaurant is the answer and this one will be called La Maison Harlem.  Commercial development on the west side has been slower in than South Harlem in the past few years so this is a good sign of things to come. The close proximity to the express train should also help in this case.

☞ READ: Kehinde Wiley in New York Magazine

The Jewish Museum on East 92nd Street has the latest Kehinde Wiley exhibition up now and New York Magazine takes a look at the production studio of the greatest modern African-American artist since Basquiat: LINK.  Mr. Wiley found his start at the Studio Museum in Harlem and has now become a  key figure in the art world. Don't miss out on this show that will run through July just south of East Harlem's borders: LINK

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

☞ DWELL: 2036 Fifth Avenue Brownstone



The newest townhouse up on the market in the past week has started things off with the high asking price of $3.99 million.  This single-family Central Harlem home at 2036 Fifth Avenue is the golden 20-foot-wide and is also located on one of the avenue's more historically intact blocks close to 125th Street.  Express trains on Lenox are just one Avenue over and so are the shops on upper and lower Lenox. Interiors seem to have one of the higher end renovations (with original details included) to be found uptown and this is probably the other reason for the initial asking price.  More photos and details can be found on the broker site: LINK

☞ INTRODUCING: Astor Row Cafe Debuts

It appears that the new Astor Row Cafe has now had a soft opening on the corner of Lenox and 130th Street at the start of the week.  This coffee shop went up so quickly that many of the neighbors did not notice what was going on.  We received news in the past two weeks about its construction and now the new business around the corner from the landmark block of Astor Row has opened.

This is a large, brightly lit space with reclaimed wood mixed in alongside contemporary finishes and can hold a lot of coffee drinkers.  Signage out front might help it along since many folks are walking by the storefront and are not aware of what the place is about. Hopefully more seating will come along by summer and maybe then another corner outdoor patio will have arrived on upper Lenox.  Has anyone dropped by yet?

☞ REVIVE: First Corn Exchange Plans Rejected


Curbed has the scoop on the first rounds of approvals for the reconstruction of the Corn Exchange Building on 125th Street and Park Avenue.  It appears that all has not gone well and the Landmarks Preservation Commission wants an even more faithful revival of the landmark building that had its top floor demolished because of instability a few years back. The folks at the LPC think its a good starting point but deem the rendition as flat and not true to the original Queen Anne aesthetics.  This is the Chelsea Hotel of Harlem so maybe it is worth getting the details right. Read more on Curbed: LINK

Top photo via Curbed

☞ EAT: What's Up with Native?

A Bespoke reader mentioned that Native on the corner of West 118th and Lenox had been shut down for some time.  Walking by the eatery this past week, we noticed that the chairs were still stacked out front and workers were busy inside but no apparent business was at hand. Does anyone have an update on Native?

☞ READ: PS180 in the Daily News

Some public schools such as PS180 in South Harlem are actually performing quite well and parents are now concerned that the Department of Education's plans to increase enrollment might affect class size.  The K-8 school facing Morningside Park at West 120th Street is 82% utilized according to the Department of Education and the goal is to add a few more classes but keep the student count in each under 30.  Parents are still not convinced that this is the real story and fear that a possible increase in class sizes might decrease performance.  Read more in the Daily News: LINK

☞ SEE:Daniel Beaty's Mr. Joy at Riverside Theatre

May 12th through June 2nd,3:00PM - 5:00PM, Daniel Beaty's Mr. Joy at Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Avenue and 122nd Street. Daniel Beaty, the multiple award winning writer and performer of Emergency and Through the Night is back! Your favorite characters from Emergency return with new stories to tell along with a host of new characters. For dates, times and ticket info, visit: www.TheRiversideTheatre.org

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

☞ DWELL: 254 West 121st Street Sold in April

A mystery townhouse shell at 254 West 121st Street has finally sold according to a tip received and public records confirm that the building officially exchanged ownership for the price of $895K.  The house is part of a handsome set from apparently the same architect and the just-restored neighbor at number 260 was sold back in 2010 for $1.1 million : LINK.   This shell in a prime South Harlem location has been empty for about 24 years and now the former SRO appears to be finally getting the proper treatment.  Apparently the new owners have already received financing for the renovations so expect this last house in the row to be cleaned up in the next few months.

☞ EAT:What is Harlem's Most Popular Restaurant?

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que appears to not only be the most visited restaurant in all of Harlem but is also the top attraction uptown according to a recent article in the New York Post.  Social media apps such as Foursquare were analyzed and it turns out that the BBQ joint on West 125th Street and 12th Avenue even beats out the likes of the Red Rooster as being the spot to visit in Harlem. This West Harlem location of the famous eatery became an instant success with its moderate prices, rustic roadhouse interiors and food that bring even the downtown crowd up to visit. Read more in the Post: LINK

☞ SEE: Comedy at Covo Sunday

COMEDY COVO, Sunday, April 29th, 7:30PM, at COVO's upstair lounge, 701 West 135th Street at 12th Avenue. Come check out the monthly comedy show with some of NYC's best comedians in one of Harlem's most unique lounges (top of a former railroad station). Hosted by NYC comedian William Mullin, this Sunday night show features comics Keith Alberstadt, Robin Carson Cloud, Adam Cozens and Leighann Lord alongside DJ Chris Washington.

This FREE comedy event also features half price panini, $3 beer and $5 drink specials. Covo is located at 701 West 135 Street and 12th Avenue. Tel.(212) 234-9573. Take the 1 train to 137th Street or 125th Street, depending on the direction you are coming from. www.CovoNY.com

☞ READ: National Jazz Museum to Expand

Crain's takes a look at the National Jazz Museum as it gets read to expand from its diminutive East 126th location to a massive new 67,000-square-foot cultural center planned to be built over the old Mart 125 space on 125th Street. Developers were sought out back in 2010 for this project and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone is expected to choose one by the end of the month.  Ground breaking is expected to happen around 2013 but the museum is still trying to raise the other half of the $22 million which is needed to build the facility. Harlem definitely needs a world class jazz museum so this will be one worth funding in our opinion.  Read more in the Crains article: Museum Hopes New Facility Will Jazz Up Music Lovers

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☞ REMEMBER: 5th and 112th circa 1917

A photo from 1917 shows a popular bakery and children crowding around the storefront at what used to be1369 Fifth Avenue.  The Grade A Baking Co. would have been a neighborhood institution during a time when such shops were essential in each neighborhood and it appears they were also a favorite local hangout.  Bakeries are coming back in a small way these days but the buildings shown in the photo no longer exists as pictured since this area is now one of the Urban Renew super blocks built in the mid century.

Photo by The Wurtz Bros. circa 1917 courtesy of the digital collection at the Museum of the City of New York

Monday, April 23, 2012

259 West 137th Street Reduced

Number 259 West 137th Street started back on the market in 2010 for the asking price of $2.9 million and has since been decreased to $1.69 million.  The townhouse located between FDB/8th Avenue and ACP/7th Avenue was asking for quite a bit of money a couple of years back but the 18-foot-wide building had rather moderate level finishes and was even missing the cornice at the top of the building. This fully renovated, 2-family home has an estimated 5,000 square feet, 5 floors altogether and even has a garage which should be a big plus to many homebuyers.  Based on photos found on the broker's website, it may be the aesthetic of the interior that is not really selling this particular address since the contemporary finishes are already starting to look outdated: LINK

☞ EAT: Gay-Friendly FDB with Harlem Food Bar?


The permits have been up at 2100 FDB/8th Avenue for a while now but a new sign announcing the arrival of the Harlem Food Bar indicates that this might be the avenue's first gay-friendly establishment. It appears that the proprietors of the Harlem Food Bar were the original founders of New York's first gay coffee shop in the mid 90s call Big Cup which was on 8th Avenue in Chelsea.  Then there was the popular gay bar in the meatpacking district called Hell, which was at that downtown location way before the high-end shops and restaurants arrived a decade ago. Not mentioned on the poster was the original Food Bar which was a very popular gay eatery in Chelsea from the same time period that the other venues were open. Those establishments all closed down a few years back once each neighborhood became popular and the businesses probably could not afford to remain open.  The one thing they all have in common was that they set the scene up for the next trendy gay neighborhood in town before those areas became fashionable.

There has been a northward exodus of the gay community in Manhattan starting from the West Village, then to Chelsea and more recently to Hell's Kitchen.  Each neighborhood jump was probably driven by the need for more affordable rents but now all three are pretty costly to live in. The next stop north would be the Upper West Side but that is already prime real estate and quite expensive.  So the only conclusion we can make here is that Harlem might just be the next affordable gay nabe to pop up in Manhattan since there really isn't anywhere else to go but uptown.

☞ LISTEN: Live Music Every Night at Paris Blues

Paris Blues at 2021 ACP/7th Avenue and West 121st Street will now have live music 7 nights a weeks which will be ongoing throughout the warm weather season.  The free shows at one of Harlem's oldest bars start at 8:00 PM and will run up until midnight unless otherwise noted.  For more information, contact Paris Blues: 212.864.9110

Monday: The John Cooksey Trio, Open Mic — Jam Session
Tuesday: Elliott Pinero. Sumba Swing, Latin Jazz
Wednesday The Les Goodson Holy Ghost Voodoo Band, Open Mic
Thursday: Befo Quotet Rhythm and Blues Band
Friday: Melvin Vines, Open Mic — Jam Session
Saturday: Antoine Dowdell, Jazz Quartet
Sunday: The Goddess Lakshmi, post-alternative rock. 7:30pm — 10pm

☞ SHOP: Cooper-Hewit at 111 Central Park North


After being vacant for a few years, the park-facing commercial space at 111 Central Park North has secured a lease with the Cooper-Hewitt Museum from the Museum Mile according to the Wall Street Journal. The 1,500 square foot space will be used for the museum's educational center that will open May 12th to provide free programs for children and adults while the main Upper East Side building within the old Carnegie Mansion goes through a two year long renovation.  Notable former fashion designer Todd Oldham worked on the interior space and the lease will last through the next four years: LINK

Friday, April 20, 2012

☞ DWELL: 111 West 111th Street Townhouse


OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, April 22nd, 3:00PM-4:00PM. The two-family townhouse at 111 West 111 Street has arrived on the market for $2.295 million and will be having one of its first open houses. The five-floor, 15 x 70 foot wide townhouse is just one block from Central Park, has around 4,335 square feet in total and is just a half block away from the 2,3 express train. The renovated interior has a more contemporary feel and the property is in move-in condition. More details and interior photos can be found on the broker site: LINK.

☞ INTRODUCING: Corner Social Outdoor Seating

The new name Corner Bistro Social is beginning to make a lot more sense now since we received a press release that revealed that the outdoor seating of the former Lenox Social will be the first in Harlem that will wrap around the corner.  This will definitely compliment the wide sidewalks that Lenox Avenue is known for and will be the first of its kind on the West Side of the street.

 An official opening with full dinner service will be on May 17th and we have been informed that brunch will also be available. Local partners such as Hot Bread Kitchen will be providing the baked offerings and brunch will include the likes of Cornflake crusted French toast stuffed with banana and mascarpone, topped with maple crème fraiche. Executive Chef, Jonathan Romans has worked at various eateries around town including Tribeca Grill and the Essex House's Southgate and Ze Café.

☞ LISTEN: Music at St. Mary's Spring Concert


Sunday April 29th,  3:00PM, The Harlem Chamber Players Spring Concert,  St. Mary's Episcopal Church located,  521 West 126th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam. The Harlem Chamber Players present the final concert of their season next Sunday. The program will include the Saint-Saëns Septet for Trumpet, Piano and Strings featuring pianist Richard Alston and the legendary trumpeter Wilmer Wise. The concert will conclude with Schubert's famous "Trout" Quintet for Piano and Strings featuring violinist Philip Payton and violist Orlando Wells. Eric K. Washington,historian and author of Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem will host the concert.  Join HCP for an afternoon of wonderful music with a wine and cheese reception afterwards. Tickets are $15, $10 for Seniors/Students available at the door the day of or online at our website www.HarlemChamberPlayers.org

☞ SEE: Around Harlem this Weekend

Friday, April 20th,  6:00PM-10:00PM, Art Fusion at 532 West 148th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam.  Artist Luis Da Cruz will be showcasing his home and works at an exhibit that will be featured in a renovated Hamilton Heights townhouse: LINK

Saturday and Sunday, April 21st-22nd, 6:00AM-6:00PM, Harlem Treasure Chest Flea Market, 117th Street and FDB/8th Avenue.  South Harlem's first flea market arrives just in time for the warm weather.  Check out the offerings from local antique vendors this weekend: LINK

Friday-Saturday, April 20th-21st, E-Moves 13 at the Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at 135th Street. Harlem Stage's critically acclaimed dance series enters its 13th season by exploring the future of dance with today's hottest emerging and evolving choreographers. Friday's performance features Sheeta Gandhi and Saturday highlights the choreography of Souleymane Badolo. Purchase tickets and get more information for this West Harlem event online: LINK

Saturday, April 21st, 4:00PM – 6:00PM, Music at Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, between 160th and 161st Street. In its New York debut, Well-Tuned Words (Amanda Sidebottom, soprano and Erik Ryding, lute) presents songs by three of the finest lute-song composers from the age of Shakespeare: John Dowland, his friend Thomas Campion, and John Danyel. Tickets are $25 per person and $20 for members. Advanced registration is required. Call 212 923 8008 to RSVP.  More details on the Morris-Jumel Mansion site: LINK

Sunday, April 22nd, 11:00AM-3:00PM, SHARE Pedals for Clean Air on Earth Day, FDB between 110th to 125th Street. SHARE (Safe, Healthy, Affordable and Reliable Energy), in collaboration with local Harlem restaurants, churches, pastors and prominent Elected officials will celebrate Earth Day by offering free Pedi cab rides to Harlem residents. Join SHARE, bring friends and the children, and share in the Pedi cab experience and other, clean, alternative modes of transportation.


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

☞ REMEMBER: 125th and Broadway circa 1910


A photo from 1910 shows the west side of Broadway and what was then considered 125th Street.  Today the small side street in Manhattanville has been named La Salle Street and 125th Street is now two blocks up north at a diagonal trajectory on the city grid.  One can also see what the buildings looked like with their original cornices and storefronts from the archival image. Another interesting point to note is that the corner windows of the building in the forefront were blocked up originally for some reason.

Photo via the digital collection at the Museum of the City of New York

☞ DWELL: Windows on 123 Lofts 50 Percent Sold

The Windows on 123 Lofts, the second phase of a premier, two-building development in Harlem, has reached 50% sold according to a recent press release. Windows on 123 Lofts is the sister building to Windows on 123 located at 129 West 123rd Street and has a total of eight, spacious full-floor lofts. The remaining four units range in price from $995,000 – $1,295,000, and include an expansive 1,892 square foot one-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex with a spacious backyard and second floor terrace; and three 1,715 square foot three-bedroom, three-bath homes, each with two large terraces. Closings and occupancy are expected to begin in spring 2012. More details can be found on the development site: www.WindowsOn123.com

☞ REVIVE: Progress at the Bailey Mansion

The Bailey Mansion of Barnum & Bailey fame was sold for a mere $1.4 million back in 2009 and renovations have been going for about a year now.  This corner estate at St. Nicholas Place and 150th Street originally had a price tag of $10 million but when the recession hit, the owners quickly settled for an all cash deal.  There still appears to be a lot of facade work still at hand since the property has not properly been restored for many decades.  The only update we can see here as we walked by in the past week is that the large dormer window at top is currently getting replaced.  For more on one of the most unique buildings in Manhattan and a view of some interior photos, read our past post: LINK