There Is A Rose In Spanish Harlem- And It’s An 11 Story 233 Unit New Apartment Building
Uptown gets a new building and it’s got a little something for everyone.
East Harlem, or Spanish Harlem as it tends to be called, has been treated like the red-headed step-child of the rest of Harlem and Upper Manhattan when it comes to real estate. But with its multi-cultural and colorful streets that reach from the Metro North Station to the Tri-borough Bridge, there’s plenty of ground that is either currently developing, or soon to be on its way. This neighborhood, like most of Manhattan’s less trendy neighborhoods, is in the beginning stages of re-inventing itself.
For example, The Corn Exchange building recently had a face-lift and got back the upper floors. It’s now ready to receive offices along with retail space. Across the street is, 1800 Park Avenue, a 32-story, 673-unit rental building, that will be the tallest tower in all of Harlem. The old Pathmark supermarket was recently purchased by Extell Development, and over a couple avenues to the east, New York’s Economic Development Corporation has a plan that includes developing over 1,000 residential apartments, as well as bringing East Harlem the New York Proton Center that, according to Craine’s Magazine will, “…be built by some of the biggest names in health care: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System and UnitedHealth Group are all investors in the massive project.” All these accomplishments deserve bragging rights around the Thanksgiving table. You go, red-headed-step-child!
Looking east we get a sneak-peek at 149 East 125th street that sits between Lexington and Third Avenues. There will very soon be a unique looking building that will literally rise up like a phoenix from the ground. When complete, it will be 275,566 square feet and 11 stories with almost 40,000 square feet for retail space, along with a 233 units made up of one to two-bedroom rentals. And because of Mayor Bill De Blasio’s obsession with affordable housing, 46 of those units will be garnered by lucky New Yorkers via the housing lottery.
The building was designed by the same eccentric Danish architect firm Bjarke Ingels Group (the same people that designed this building on West 57th Street) and the Blumenfeld Development Group is developing. The exterior was said to have been inspired by, “…an elephant’s skin.”
Ground has already been broken at a formal ceremony, floor plans and artist renderings have been released, and the building will be knighted, “Gotham East 126th Residential”- fancy! Residential units will average 822 square feet and start on the third floor, above copious retail space. Amenities will include a roof deck, gym, yoga room, conference and game rooms, lounge, swimming pool, laundry room, a communal garden, and a 36 vehicle garage with on-site parking. Color will be found in “bursts” throughout the mostly neutral toned structure, and art by local artists shall be displayed in the vast lobby. This all may sound as likely as finding a Leprechaun in Manhattan. But like the magical elusive creatures rumored to be found at the end of a rainbow, so too exists elegant, affordable apartments with amenities galore at the Upper East Side of Harlem.
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