Thursday, November 8, 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  The bell tower at St. Martin's on Lenox at the corner of 122nd Street have been covered up for some time now and the New York Times had a recent article on the church's closure. Many of the large, majestic churches in the neighborhood have been around for almost a century and need millions to restore structural stability.  Selling real estate appears to be the answer.  St. Martins apparently owns a handful of brownstones in the neighborhood which would cover the cost but some are unhappy that these might end up in the hands of condo developers.

What is not mentioned in the article is that if the aforementioned buildings are in the Mount Morris Park Historic District, it will be unlikely for something large and glassy to rise up.  Most brownstone buyers in this situation will probably have to restore any townhouse in the area since they are official city landmarks.   More on the full story in the Times: LINK 2018

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