Wednesday, December 4, 2013
☞ DWELL: Number 1: Mount Morris Park
No. 1: Mount Morris Park Historic District and proposed extension, South Harlem, within the blocks spanning Lenox Avenue from 118th Street to 124th Street. The proposed historic district extends from ACP/7th on the west border over to Fifth Avenue at the east border. Mount Morris Park is one of the oldest landmark districts in the city and that designation has helped preserve the spectacular architecture within its blocks. There were quite a few shells in the neighborhood up until the past couple of years but those have mostly been restored and now many boutiques businesses have appeared within the brownstone storefronts along the boulevard. In our opinion, Mount Morris Park is basically equivalent to being the West Village of Harlem. Anyone discovering this historic neighborhood for the first time can easily see why it is one of the best in all of Harlem.
Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, poet laureate Maya Angelou and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson all have landmark townhouses in this neighborhood located right below the express stop at 125th Street which gets one to midtown in 10 minutes. In the next coming months a new Whole Foods will also break ground at the northern border on Lenox and a new incarnation of Lenox Lounge should also come together by notable restauranteur Richard Notar. Home prices are still under $3 million in Mount Morris Park but we expect this to fluctuate higher once the aforementioned developments take off. For a full map of the historic district, check out our previous post: LINK