Monday, August 4, 2014


A Bespoke reader has just sent in a photo of the residential conversion plans for the abandoned PS85 at the corner of East 117th Street on 1st Avenue.  An empty lot directly behind the building now has plywood up and a posted rendering of the new structure that will arise on top of the historic structure apparently by this time next year.  Permits filed for the site show that 4 additional stories will be added to the 5-story structure and frontage will be extended into that aforementioned lot.  One can see in the illustration that the base of the building will be replicated into the lot at the far left and then the more modern additions complete the conversion.

Somewhat disappointing is the fact that the cornice and original roof ornamentation will be entirely removed based on this first drawing.  All of the other past school conversion in Harlem (which did not add on levels for additional profit) have kept the integrity of the original building.  When all is done, there should be commercial space on the lower floor and 90 units in total at PS85.  Read more about the history of this building in our past post: LINK

1 comment:

  1. developer why remove the cornice?

    Surely you can use all the FAR and keep the best part of the building.

    just makes sense all around