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Compilation of a few new Harlem developments Compilation of a few new Harlem developments
Updated 8/13/2020 to include Balton Commons, 121 West 125th Street, Marcus Garvey Village, and the Studio Museum of Harlem.

There have been anecdotes about Harlem being the neighborhood to watch for years, and numbers are emerging to back up these claims. The New York Times reported that Harlem's average home prices have increased by 2.3 percent over the past five years, with buyers being especially partial to two-bedroom homes. CityRealty's 2019 market report shows that Harlem's average price per square foot has leaped from $534 to $1,016 in the past ten years. More recently, a look at Manhattan condo prices since January 2020 put Harlem as one of a few neighborhoods that experienced price increases.

The penthouse at Circa Central Park still holds the record for the most expensive condo sale above 96th Street on the West Side, and 102nd on the East Side. The 11th floor, five bedroom penthouse with two terraces looking out over Central Park closed for $9.45 million. The penthouse came with a 25-year tax abatement, something no longer available to new luxury buildings and is estimated to be worth more than $2 million tax savings over 25 years.

In 2008, rezoning allowed for taller buildings along 125th Street. According to The New York Times, at least 10 projects valued between $14M and $95M grew along the street in less than a decade of the new zoning regulations. Residential development growth paralleled the retail and commercial surge pushing prices to new highs. Here are some of the most exciting projects to take shape in recent years, many of which are now welcoming residents.
Harlem-apartments-nyc View over Harlem with Victoria Theater redevelopment rising in center

Studio Museum of Harlem, 44 West 125th Street

Design by David Adjaye
Developed by The Studio Museum

Studio-Museum-01 Renderings via Adjaye Associates
The Studio Museum of Harlem set up in a Classically-styled building that once housed the New York Bank for Savings, but would soon outgrow the space: A larger space was announced in 2015, and the demolition of the previous structure commenced in February 2020. The new space will bring more than 17,000 square feet of gallery and exhibition space, the better to allow the museum to showcase its 2,000-object permanent collection. There will also be a glass-fronted lobby, studio space for three artists-in-residence, education spaces, a cafe, and free roof area. Construction is expected to continue through 2021.
Studio-Museum-02 Construction via CityRealty

Design by Aufgang Architects
Developed by Lemor Realty Corporation and Apex Building Group
37 Rental Units

265-West-126th-Street-01 Rendering via NYC Housing Preservation & Development
The former site of the Mandela community garden has long stood vacant, but developers acquired the lot for $1 to build affordable homes and community benefiting commercial uses. To that end, the development known as Balton Commons will be home to 4,500 square feet of tech incubator space, 1,350 square feet of community facility space, a restaurant, and 37 affordable apartments. Renderings show a dignified building, and it is aiming for Passive House certification.

121-West-125th-Street-01 Rendering via Beyer Blinder Belle
Last summer, Empire State Development announced a new 17-story, 412,105-square-foot development for the heart of Harlem named the Urban League Empowerment Center. The project will feature 170 affordable apartments, the Urban Civil Rights Museum, 73,000 square feet of office space, and a total of 90,000 square feet of retail. Earlier this week, the New York Post announced that Target has signed a lease for 44,000 square feet of retail space in the new development. Construction is set to begin this fall, and completion is estimated for 2022.

160 West 124th Street
In May 2018, Manhattan Community Board 10's Land Use Committee approved a request from Harlem Park Associates LLC and Mt. Sinai Medical Center to facilitate a new healthcare facility at 154-160 West 124th Street. A four-story parking garage is currently on-site, and the conversion to the 12-story healthcare facility is underway..
160-West-124th-Street-02 Site via CityRealty

Design by Body Lawson Architects
Developed by Carthage Advisors and Rester Management
169 Rental Units

206-254-West-124th-Street-01 Rendering via Body Lawson Associates
Construction is underway on a new affordable housing complex in the heart of Harlem. A local developer and designer are at the helm of the project, which will feature a 3,000-square-foot community facility, 3,500 square feet of retail space, and 169 studio through two-bedroom units for low- and moderate-income families.

Design by Aufgang Architects
Developed by JCAL Development Group
75 Rental Units

2395 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (JCAL Development)
The-Frederick-005 The site prior to construction
2395 Frederick Douglas Boulevard-Harlem Construction progress as of early November
Last summer, a housing lottery took place for The Frederick, a 100% affordable housing and mixed use development project located in the Central Harlem section of Manhattan. All units will be outfitted with LED lighting and Energy Star appliances, and residential amenities include a computer lab, study room, laundry room, bike room, and outdoor recreation space. The 15-story building will include the pre-existing Bravo Supermarket by demolishing the existing store and rebuilding it as part of the project. Under New York’s FRESH program, a portion of Bravo’s cellar will be dedicated to the supermarket’s storage, negating the need to use aisles for temporary storage and making for a more pleasant and efficient shopping experience. The new supermarket will be double the size and add 15 full-time positions.

(Lam Group/ Exact Capital)
Victoria Theater redevelopemnt as of late November 2018
Construction progress circa September 2019 via CityRealty
Victoria Theater
The long wait for the redevelopment of Harlem's Victoria Theater is finally in progress- as of September, five of the 28-story building were built. Of the 191 rental apartments, 50% will be offered at “affordable” rents to middle- and low-income households. There will also be a 210-key Renaissance Marriott Hotel, 30,000 square feet of retail, 25,000 square feet earmarked for art and cultural institutions, and a 90-vehicle garage.

The 340 foot tall building will be the tallest building in Central Harlem with a distinct façade for the tower’s separate wings. The hotel will be clad in a sheer glass façade that will loom behind the preserved façade of the old theater building. The residential portion will be dressed in masonry and sport neat rows of picture windows — consistent with Harlem’s overall vernacular. The three-story 125th Street façade adorned with Ionic columns and terra-cotta rosettes have been salvaged and will be adaptively reused as part of a new entryway. Several other historic components will be reconstructed inside the new tower.

Design by PBDW
Developed by Happy Living
127 Condos
Studio through 3-beds from $499K - $1.8M

300-West-122nd-Street-1 Rendering via Madison Realty Capital
300-West-122nd-Street-2 Construction progress circa summer 2020 via CityRealty
Sales have recently launched at 300 West, a new 13-story condominium in the heart of Harlem's bustling dining scene. The apartments start on the second floor and feature interiors by Paris Forino, open concept layouts, custom white oak herringbone floors, and state-of-the-art kitchens; select units feature private outdoor space. The amenity-rich building's offerings include a children's playroom, fitness center, pool, library, laundry room, and parking for 17 vehicles.

Demolishing and replacing the Second Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem with a new residential building, architects Issac & Stern designed the eight-story development with 27 units. The church occupies 11,000 square feet on the first two floors. The residential space will occupy the third floor, with five units and a recreation room, and no more than six units per floor the rest of the way up. Amenities include a roof deck, fitness center, children's playroom, and bike room. Closings recently commenced at an average of $1,459 per square foot.

Design by Union Street Studio LLC
Developed by Almat Group
8 Condos
1- to 2-beds from $622K - $1.3M

2457-Frederick-Douglass-Boulevard-1 2457 Frederick Douglass Boulevard via Douglas Elliman
Between West 131st and 132nd Streets, the transformation is complete on this building that once belonged to the First Ebenezer Baptist Church. The first floor will be used as a church and house the residential lobby; upstairs, only two units per floor allow for optimal privacy. The collection of one- and two-bedroom units boasts chic interiors, oversized windows, custom kitchens, and spa-inspired baths.

Design by unSPACE
Developed by B Plus Realty
14 Rental Units

The mixed-use project is will house 12,556 square feet of residential space and 1,276 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Floors 2 through 8 will hold two units each and they will be relatively spacious, with an average size of nearly 900 square feet apiece. It hasn't been announced if these will be rentals or condos, but an offering plan has not been filed yet, if at all. Amenities will include a laundry room, seven bike parking spaces, balconies, and a private courtyard. Nearby destinations include Morningside Park, Best Market Harlem, Starbucks, and an eclectic mix of popular restaurants like Les Ambassades, Vinateria, and Harlem Tavern. The C and B train can be accessed just one block away at 116th Street.
2171-Frederick-Douglass-Boulevard-01 Construction progress via CityRealty

Design by Issac | Stern
Developed by Chaim Nortman
69 Condos
Studio through 3-beds from $598K - $2.2M

11-Hancock-Place-2 Interiors via Halstead
In 2016, developer Nortman bought the LaGree Baptist Church and subsequently demolished it. In January 2018, Nortman acquired additional air rights and filed new construction permits for a 12-story building. Since then, things have moved quickly: Construction topped out in spring 2019, and sales launched a few months later. All units feature interiors by Lemay + Escobar, and residents will enjoy a garden terrace, roof deck, fitness center, lounge, children's playroom, and pet spa. Completion is estimated for mid-2020.
11-Hancock-Place-04 Construction via CityRealty

Design by Meshberg Group
Developed by Meshberg Capital Development
14 Condos
2- to 3-beds from $1.4M - $2.1M

310-West-113th-Street-04 Parkmor via Meshberg Group
The 26,000-square-foot project designed by Meshberg Group resembles a typical brownstone on steroids, and the exteriors were recently uncovered to reveal a beautifully detailed facade. The first six floors are faced with a contextual brown brick, large multi-paned windows and a cornice. Above are two setback penthouse floors and a stair bulkhead that mimic a modern rooftop addition. There will be no more than two apartments per floor. The two uppermost levels will each hold a single apartment and a duplex penthouse. Amenities will include private residential storage space, laundry facilities, and a rooftop terrace.
310-West-113th-Street-01 Construction progress via CityRealty

Design by GLUCK+
Anonymous developer
37 Condos

145 Central Park North 145 Central Park North (Gluck+)
This 13-story development will bring 37 residences overlooking the park's Harlem Meer and North Woods sections. The 162-foot-tall building will rise just off Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (Seventh Avenue), and less than a block from 2,3, B and C lines' 110th Street stations. According to The Real Deal, the developers are an anonymous European firm who tapped Einhorn Development Group to construct the new building. The rendering shows the mid-rise will setback from the streetwall and the Central Park-facing façade will have a significant amount of glazing. It also appears floors two through nine will have vertical pairs of windows surrounded by projecting metal frames and fronted by glass railing. The upper four floors are further setback and show an all-glass façade and many terraces. Residents will enjoy incredible natural light, Central Park views, a fitness center, a bike room, and off-street parking for nine vehicles. Completion is in sight.
145-Central-Park-North-02 145 Central Park North via CityRealty

Design by FXCollaborative
Unknown developer
160 Rental Units

Last fall, the City Planning Commission voted to approve an application to develop a new 29-story tower at 5 West 110th Street. The site is currently occupied by La Hermosa Christian Church, which is considered the oldest Latino church on the East Coast. However, it has deteriorated to the point of inaccessibility and would have to be demolished. Plans for the new building call for a redeveloped church, a music hall, a music school with free children's classes run by the Manhattan School of Music, and approximately 160 housing units, a percentage of which would be affordable.
5-West-110th-Street-1 Rendering via FXCollaborative

Design by Aufgang Architects
Developed by Azimuth Development Group
22 Condos

Aufgang Architects
99-Morningside-Avenue-2 Interior renderings via Halstead
This post-war condominium building in Upper Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood was carefully built around a historic brownstone that sold its air rights to the developer. The building is nearing completion, contains 22 units, and rises 11 stories. Residential amenities include a roof deck, elevator, mailroom, children's playroom, fitness center, bike room and terraces / balconies. The building will also house 7,761 square feet of community space for St. Luke's Baptist Church, which was in a building that was razed to make way for the new development.
99-Morningside-Place-04 Construction photos via CityRealty

Design by Soluri Architecture
Developed by Brad Simmons of 121 Holdings LLC
6 Condos
2- to 3-beds from $1.2M - $2M

315 West 121st Street 315 West 121st Street (Soluri Architecture)
313-West-121st-Street-2 Interiors via Halstead
The long-awaited,10,500-square-foot, eight-story building launched sales on four floor-through two-bedroom units, a duplex penthouse, and a duplex garden level apartment last December. The design maximizes the limited lot coverage and FAR on the site, and the building takes its name from the Portuguese word for "glass," in honor of the curtain walls with integrated casement windows fill every unit with incredible light. Apartments also feature chef-quality kitchens, five-fixture master baths, and in-unit washer/dryers. Building amenities include a common roof deck, Virtual Smart intercom, and storage units for purchase.
313-West-121st-Street-01 Image via AIA

2600-Seventh-Avenue-1 Image via Bond NY
2600-Adam-Clayton-Powell-Boulevard-2 Interiors via Bond NY
This full-block condo went up on the one-time site of a parking lot across the street from the Frederick Douglass Academy public school, one block away from the Harlem River. All residences feature open green views through oversized windows, hardwood floors, kitchens with Caesarstone countertops and stainless steel appliances, and spa-inspired baths. Select residences have private balconies, and all residents have access to a fitness center, lounge, children's playroom, serenity deck, landscaped roof deck, and landscaped courtyard with waterfall. Sales launched in winter with remaining availabilities from $556K, and occupancy is expected for spring/summer 2020.

Design by Elod Studio, ACQ Architect, and David Jimenez
Developed by Raphael Santandreu
17 Condos

320-West-135th-Street-1 Rendering via Madsen Consulting & Engineering
320-West-135th-Street-2 Construction progress via CityRealty
When developer Raphael Santandreu bought a vacant Harlem lot from the city for only one dollar, it was widely assumed that an affordable housing block would rise on the site. But in November 2019, an offering plan with a $17.6 million sellout price was filed for the site. The building will offer a bike room and roof deck, but its biggest perk may be its address across the street from St. Nicholas Park and right on top of the 135th Street subway stop.

Design by Yan Architect & Planners
Developed by KP Developers
58 Rental Units

152-West-140th-Street-2 Interiors via The Corcoran Group
Queens-based KP Development is redeveloping the seafood store’s lot with an eight-story, 52-unit rental. Not shy about their high-end intentions, the development team mocked-up DKNY, Gucci, Burberry, Prada and Cartier as tenants of the future storefronts. There will also be a medical office on the second floor and a common rooftop terrace. An affordable lottery for units from $1,850/month took place in summer 2019, and market-rate apartments start at $2,450/month.

Design by ARC Architecture + Design Studios
Developed by TCX Development
12 Rental Units

416-Lenox-Avenue-1 416 Lenox Avenue circa March 2020 via CityRealty
Construction is winding down on 416 Lenox Avenue, and a leasing launch cannot be far behind. Market-rate rents are not yet available, but an affordable lottery for four one-bedroom units for $2,245/month took place in the spring. All apartments will have in-unit washer/dryers, and the building will be topped with a common roof deck.

Design by STAT Architecture
Developed by Lemor Development Group
79 Rental Units

407-Lenox-Avenue-1 The Robeson circa March 2020 via CityRealty
Construction has topped out at The Robeson, named in honor of African-American actor and activist Paul Robeson. The development will contain a space for the New Hope Spring Grove Downtown Baptist Church of Christ, nearly 7,500 square feet of commercial space, and 79 affordable studio through three-bedroom apartments. Amenities will include a central laundry room, fitness center, community room, bike room, and rooftop terrace. Shortly after netting came down on the red brick facade, an affordable housing lottery launched for apartments from $680/month.

Unknown designer
Developed by Joel Berkowitz of Blue Stone Venture Capital
20 Rental Units

Beam Group / CityRealty
Brooklyn-based developer Joel Berkowitz bought the 35-foot-wide vacant lot and permits were filed to construct a six-story, 20-unit residential building that will measure 15,896 square feet where 13,163 of it will be utilized for residential space. The units will average 658 square feet each, suggesting rentals. Residents will also enjoy a 433.5 square-foot rooftop recreational space, gym, and laundry room.

Design by Frank Petruso
Developed by Noorollah Asherian of 2121 ACP, LLC
22 Rental Units

181-West-126th-Street-2 Interiors via AR Properties Group
181 West 126th Street, also known as 2121 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard, will rise nine floors with 22 residential units (building type to be determined) spread over 16,812 square feet and 2,779 square feet of ground floor commercial space. Renderings show a brick facade with a gray palette and columns of black-framed windows. The ground floor will hold up to three businesses and the residential units are located on the 2nd through 9th floors. The property will feature units with private terraces, virtual doorman, on-site laundry, resident-only bike parking and a shared roof deck.

Design by Bjarke Ingels Group
Developed by Blumenfeld Development Group
233 Rental Units

148-East-126th-Street-1 Rendering of The Smile via Bjarke Ingels Group
148-East-126th-Street-2 Construction progress circa December 2018 via CityRealty
Starchitect Bjarke Ingels goes uptown with The Smile, which was named in honor of its curving checkerboard facade. It will feature a gentle inward concave along East 126th Street and a cantilevering leg kicking out onto East 125th. Its amenity package promises to be unlike any other in the area with a rooftop pool, hot tubs, an outdoor movie theater, a luxury spa with sauna and salt room, a lounge and game room, and a fitness center with yoga studio. An affordable lottery took place in spring 2020, and leasing recently launched from $2,256/month.

Design by Bahary Architecture
Developed by Vertigo Ventures LLC
2 Units

284-West-127th-Street-1 Rendering of 284 West 127th Street via Bahary Architecture
284-West-127th-Street-2 Construction progress via CityRealty
In a sharp contrast to the multi-family units going up throughout Harlem, this project will only contain two apartments spread over the five floors. Both apartments will be duplexes, and renderings show private balconies on every level and a private roof deck for the uppermost unit.
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