Somehow the developers buying up the vacant brownstones on 126th Street in Central Harlem seem to all think modern alterations are the answer to renovating a classic home. Number 155-157 West 126th Street are both located just east of ACP/7th Avenue and the rendering on the plywood outside indicates that the two adjacent buildings will be completely transformed when finished. Does the market really ask for such extreme conversions? Our opinion is that an old house should have additions that complement it and not change it drastically. Otherwise, why even bother with buying a brownstone when empty land is readily available?