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While Harlem has generated much ink and attention over the past few years, its counterpart to the east has hardly stayed silent. On the contrary, the neighborhood once known as "El Barrio" has come to attract big-name retailers and been the focus of a 2017 rezoning that allows for more building density and low-income housing. The expansion of the Second Avenue subway from 96th Street to 125th Street was also instrumental in getting the neighborhood on the radar of the real estate community and everyday New Yorkers alike. (This has fallen off the national radar in recent months, but we hope that President-elect Joseph R. Biden, also known as "Amtrak Joe," will make infrastructure a priority instead of a punchline.)
Celebrity architect Bjarke Ingels was among the wave of designers and developers turning their attention uptown. In the wake of such eye-catching creations as The XI and VIA 57 West, he embraced East Harlem with The Smile, a new rental named in honor of its gracefully curved facade. All 233 apartments feature minimalist aesthetic, exposed concrete details, floor-to-ceiling windows, touchless entry systems, oversized closets, open kitchens, and in-unit washer/dryers.
148-East-125th-Street-01 (l-r) Exterior photo via Blumenfeld Development Group; interiors via NOISE
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The Smile's amenity suite is unlike any ever seen in East Harlem and features a state-of-the-art fitness center with yoga and personal training rooms; a spa with hammam, sauna and steam rooms, and color-changing LED salt room; a spacious co-working studio; a lounge and game room with wet bar; and a landscaped rooftop terrace with pool, three whirlpools, grilling and dining areas, and outdoor screening area. An affordable lottery took place in spring 2020, and market-rate leasing launched over the summer with prices starting at $2,126/month for studios, $2,325/month for one-beds, and $3,440/month for two-beds. The building is currently offering up to four months free rent on a 16-month lease and a $1,200 American Express gift card.

The Smile has already changed the face of its blockfront, but other new projects are set to change the face of East Harlem as a whole. We look at newly opened buildings and exciting developments in the works.

Now Open

1790 Third Avenue
Design by IBI Group-Gruzen Samton
Developed by 1790 LLC
13 stories | 52 units | Completed 2019
Studio through two-beds from $585K - $995K

1790-Third-Avenue-01 All images of The Cereza via Reuveni Real Estate
Located on the cusp of the Upper East Side and East Harlem, The Cereza is the tallest building on its Third Avenue block. All units feature floor-to-ceiling windows, open kitchens with Bosch stainless steel appliances, thoughtfully designed baths, and in-unit washer/dryer. Residential amenities include a virtual doorman, a common roof deck with panoramic city views, bike storage, and storage available for purchase. The building's name comes from the Spanish word for "cherry," and it is a short walk from Cherry Hill Playground, El Barrio's Artspace PS109, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the 96th Street Q subway stop.

1399 Park Avenue
Design by Hill West
Developed by Heritage Real Estate Partners
22 stories | 72 units | Completed 2019
Two- through four-beds from $1.1M - $3.1M

1399-Park-Avenue-01 All images of 1399 Park via The Corcoran Group
While hardly soaring by the standards of Billionaires' Row supertalls, 1399 Park nevertheless makes a statement on the East Harlem skyline. The apartments inside feature a variety of floor plans, and all units boast interiors by Whitehall Interiors, sound-attenuated floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, kitchens with marble countertops and stainless steel appliances, and spa-like marble baths. An amenity suite offering a lounge, library with fireplace, fitness center, billiards room, outdoor terrace with grilling stations, and playroom with climbing walls and a ball pit was quick to set new standards for the neighborhood.
Credit: Hill West Architects

2282 Second Avenue
Design by ARC Architecture + Design Studio
Developed by Blumenfeld Development Group
7 stories | 12 units | Completed 2020
Two-beds from $3,500 - $3,700/month

2282-Second-Avenue-01 All renderings of Michael East via Compass
The Michael East is a new East Harlem rental offering a contemporary aesthetic and condo-quality finishes. Only two units per floor allow for excellent privacy, and all apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows, 9' ceilings, oak floors, central air, recessed LED lighting, video intercoms, in-unit washer/dryers, and designer kitchens. Several units have private balconies, and all residents have access to a common roof deck with panoramic city views. The building is a short walk from East Harlem Plaza, popular local restaurants, the M15 bus route, and the 116th Street 6 subway stop. Prices are net effective, indicating a rent concession.

Design by Karim Rashid
Developed by HAP Investments
8 stories | 20 units | Completed in 2017
Studio through one-beds from $2,200 - $2,825/month

329-Pleasant-Avenue-01 All renderings of 329 Pleasant Avenue via HAP Investments
The finished product at 329 Pleasant Avenue was significantly toned down from its original colorful design, yet still stands as one of New York's brightest buildings. All units feature floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek kitchens, in-unit washer/dryers, and private balconies. A common roof garden looks out on panoramic views of Manhattan, and the building is well situated near the East River Plaza shopping center, public and private schools, and First Avenue dining.

1465 Park Avenue
Design by Curtis + Ginsberg
Developed by Tahl Propp Equities and L+M Development Partners
15 stories | 400 units | Completed 2020

1465-Park-Avenue-01 Rendering of The Carolina via Curtis + Ginsberg
The Carolina is a massive new development housing 38,000 square feet of community space, 3,200 square feet of commercial space, and 400 affordable housing units. All apartments feature large closets, dishwashers, and stainless steel energy-efficient appliances. Amenities include landscaped courtyards, a bike room, parking, a fitness center, roof terraces, on-site laundry, and package lockers. A lottery took place at the end of 2019.

Cooke School & Institute

1713 Madison Avenue
Design by PBDW Architects
Developed by Cooke School & Institute
4 stories | Finished in 2020

1713-Madison-Avenue-01 Rendering of Cooke School & Institute via PBDW Architects
Across the street from the site of Sendero Verde (see below), Cooke School & Institute recently wound down construction on a new state-of-the-art facility providing education and services for students aged 5-21 with developmental disabilities. The grammar, middle, and high schools have been combined into one facility, yet each maintain their own separate identity and circulation. Shared spaces like the gym, cafeteria, creative arts classroom, and administrative offices are on the lower floors, and the upper three floors create separate vertical campuses. Amenities include a music/performance space, outdoor art and science labs, and a rooftop playground/garden.

225 East 126th Street
Design by VOA
Developed by Murphy McManus
3 stories | Completed 2018

225-East-126th-Street-01 Rendering of New York Proton Center via VOA
Proton beam therapy has shown immense promise in destroying cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue, but high construction costs, high energy requirements, and heavy machinery have long precluded easy construction in New York. However, between a consortium of New York's leading cancer treatment providers and the use of below-market electricity from the state’s power authority, this center offering cutting-edge therapy is now the anchor tenant in E125, a new development including One East Harlem (see below).

Salvation Army

175 East 125th Street
Design by Peter Poons Architects
Developed by The Salvation Army
12 stories | 233 supportive housing units | Completed in 2020

175-East-125th-Street-01 Rendering via Salvation Army
When the Salvation Army announced its plans to sell its Williams Memorial Residence (720 West End Avenue) to pay for a new building on the corner of Third Avenue and East 125th Street, the news was met with opposition from residents and elected officials alike. However, the city approved both the $108 million sale and plans to demolish the Salvation Army’s existing East Harlem building to make way for this new one. The first two levels of the new building include a recreation center and church. Third-floor amenities include more offices as well as fitness rooms, café, library, and meeting rooms for residents; apartments start on the fourth floor. Residents also have access to a basement-level basketball court and laundry room as well as a rooftop dining hall.

2338 Second Avenue
Design TBA
Developed by HAP Investments
9 stories | 30 units | 2020 (fully-leased)

2338-Second-Avenue-01 Photo via HAP Investments
In a 2018 interview with CityRealty, HAP Investments CEO and Co-founder Eran Polack hailed East Harlem for the ability to build quality projects with top amenities for less and its proximity to public transportation. To that end, the company is at the helm of a new boutique rental on the corner of Second Avenue and East 120th Street. All apartments will feature modern finishes, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and excellent light. The building will offer a courtyard, lounge, laundry room, bike room, and easy access to the Metro North and 4/5/6 stations.

Coming Soon

201 East 125th Street
Design by S9 Architecture
Developed by The Richman Group, Bridges Development Group, and Monadnock Development
19 stories | 404 rental units

201-East-125th-Street-01 Rendering of One East Harlem via S9 Architecture
On the corner of East 125th Street, a former MTA bus depot is in the midst of a transformation into a new mixed-use development. One East Harlem, the sizable project at the heart of it, will be surrounded by 10,000 square feet of public open space and house 65,000 square feet of retail space, a new Food Bazaar supermarket, and a new home for Groove with Me, an organization offering free dance classes and performance opportunities to young girls. 300 of the more than 400 housing units on top will be affordable, and all residents will have access to amenities that include a fitness center, business center, roof deck, bike room, and on-site parking. Completion is estimated for 2021.

1691 Madison Avenue
Design by Handel Architects
Developed by Jonathan Rose Companies, L+M Development, and Acacia Network
37 stories | 709 affordable units

1691-Madison-Avenue-01 Rendering of Sendero Verde via Handel Architects
When Sendero Verde is complete, it will be the largest fully affordable Passive House project in the world. The project will be surrounded by green space and gardens, and the design by Handel Architects will incorporate triple-glazed windows, mechanically ventilated spaces with energy recovery, airtight construction methods to reduce draft and energy loss, and individually heated and cooled units. In addition to over 700 units of affordable housing, the project will bring a new school with full gymnasium, a community space for Union Settlement Association, new office and retail space, community gardens, and an 18,000-square-foot courtyard with a children’s play area, adult outdoor exercise equipment, seating areas, and a performance stage to the neighborhood. Construction on the first of three phases began in December 2019.

Design by ARC Architecture + Design Studio
Developed by 2252 Third Avenue LLC
20 stories | 69 units

2252-Third-Avenue-01 Rendering of 2252 Third Avenue via ARC Architecture + Design
In the wake of the East Harlem rezoning, 2252 Third Avenue's former 4.0 floor-to-area ratio (FAR) and 85' maximum building height jumped to a 10.0 FAR and 235' maximum height. A rendering shows oversized windows and private balconies, and amenities are set to include a bike room and two lounges. Demolition permits for the three-story department store previously on the site were filed in November 2019.

Design by SRA Architecture + Engineering
Developed by Park-It Management
14 stories | 80 units

213-East-125th-Street-01 Google Streetview of 213 East 125th Street
The two-story commercial property previously on-site at 213 East 125th Street has been demolished, and work is underway on a new mixed-use building. Permits call for two stories of commercial space, a third-floor community facility, and apartments starting on the fourth floor.

Design by ND Architecture
Developed by The Hakimian Organization
8 stories | 31 units

212-East-125th-Street-01 Rendering of 212 East 125th Street via ND Architecture
On the corner of East 125th Street and Third Avenue, work is underway on a mixed-use eight-story building. Renderings show oversized windows, and permits indicate that amenities will include a bike room, storage, mail and package rooms, a conference room, and lounges.

Design by DXA Studio
Developed by Round Square Development
8 stories | 93 units

1975-Madison-Avenue-01 (l-r) 1975 Madison before (image via Robert Y/Yelp) and after (rendering via
Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church's Gothic architecture and stained glass windows have been a fixture of East Harlem since 1871, but the infrastructure is decidedly not up to today's standards and codes. Because of that, the church's leadership struck a deal to sell the property to a developer. The new building to rise on the site will include a community space (possibly to be used as a new sanctuary), 93 residential units, and amenities like a bike room, on-site parking, a lounge, a package room, and a roof deck.

Designer TBA
Developed by The Durst Organization

1800-Park-Avenue-01 Previous rendering of 1800 Park Avenue via ODA Architecture
In September 2016, The Durst Organization purchased a development site on the corner of Park Avenue and East 125th Street for $91 million. Previous owner Continuum Company imagined a 32-story, 673-unit residential tower with commercial and community space, but Durst plans to create an entirely new plan and design. It is worth noting that because Continuum had begun foundation work before the 421-a tax abatement program expired, the project is still eligible.

East 126th Street Bus Depot Memorial & Mixed-Use Project

Designer TBA
Developed by New York City Economic Development Council and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
780 units

East-126th-Street-Bus-Depot-Memorial-Mixed-Use-01 Image via NYC Department of Buildings
In July 2017, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development completed the environmental review of a full-block site on First Avenue and East 126th Street. The former bus depot is expected to contain an outdoor memorial and indoor cultural center for the historic African Burial Ground, approximately 315,000 square feet of commercial space (both office and retail), and approximately 730 housing units, 50 percent of which are to be permanently affordable to households earning at or below 80 percent of the area median income.

East River Plaza Towers

517 East 117th Street
Designer TBA
Developed by Forest City Ratner Cos. and Blumenfeld Development Group
1,100 units

East-River-Plaza-Towers-01 Rendering via TEN Arquitectos
In 2014, Forest City Ratner Companies and Blumenfeld Development Group announced plans for residential towers on top of East River Plaza, a shopping center which counts Target and Costco among its anchor tenants. Renderings show three towers connected by two skybridges and perched on two podiums atop the existing mall and parking garage. The residences within, 25 percent of which will be affordable, are assured of spectacular river and city views. The site is already zoned to allow for residential use, but a special permit used to build the mall means the project must go through the city's ULURP process.

Design by Daniel Goldner Architects and GF55 Architects
Developed by Atlantic Development Group
12 stories | 185 units

1998-Second-Avenue-01 Rendering via Atlantic Development Group

When Phase 2 of the Second Avenue subway is complete, 1998 Second Avenue will be well positioned to take advantage of it. Permits indicate that residential amenities will include a bike room, laundry room, mail room, storage, lounge, and roof deck. Completion is estimated for the first quarter of 2021, and residents are expected to move in next fall.

Design by Karl Fischer Architects
Developed by Isaac Schwartz
12 stories | 44 units

1520-Park-Avenue-01 Rendering of 1520 Park Avenue via Karl Fischer Architect
On the northwest corner of Park Avenue and East 111th Street, a new mixed-use development is taking shape. Permits filed in 2014 call for a community facility, commercial space, and 44 residential units. Residential amenities are expected to include bike storage, an indoor recreation area, a second-story outdoor terrace, and rooftop recreation space.

Design by Perkins Eastman
Developed by AvalonBay Communities
68 stories | 1,200 units

321-East-96th-Street-01 Rendering of 321 East 96th Street via AvalonBay Communities
If everything goes according to plan, this 760-foot-tall new development on the cusp of the Upper East Side and East Harlem will be the tallest building north of 60th Street. Roughly 30 percent of the apartments (or over 300 units) are to be permanently affordable, and the project will also bring two new schools, 20,000 square feet of retail space, a new public park, and a new playground to the area. However, the Marx Brothers Playground sits at the center of the site, and some advocates argue that it is not a playground for the nearby school, but a city park. If the commissioner of state parks rules that it is the latter, any plans for the land may not go through without approval from the State Legislature and governor.
East Harlem skyscrapers

Harlem Headquarters (HHQ)

180 East 126th Street
Design by Gensler
Developed by Extell
9 stories

180-East-126th-Street-01 HHQ renderings via Gensler
For its first Upper Manhattan office project, Extell purchased the former home of a Pathmark supermarket for $39 million and the neighboring post office for $10 million in 2014. The building known as HHQ is one of Harlem's first new office buildings, and the design was inspired by the vibrancy of the surrounding neighborhood. Features and amenities will include 12' ceilings, customizable layouts, MERV-14 air filters, two private entrances, bike room, locker rooms, showers, and private terraces on floors 7-9. Commercial Observer notes that potential retail tenants include drugstores, pharmacies, grocers, and restaurants, and that completion is estimated for late 2022.

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