Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market
1405 Fifth Avenue
Malcolm Shabazz Court
In honor of my neighborhood appearing on the map I thought it was time for a block update. From top to bottom:
1. Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market - According to the Daily News, the Harlem Market is moving. The market was established during the Guiliani administration as a way to get street vendors off of 125th St. and give them training on how to run a business. 125th is still filled with vendors. The vast majority of business at the market appears to be from Quebec and Ontario bus tours. Anyway, the market is being downsized and moved to 125th and Park (I'll leave it to astute real estate observers to recall what vacant space exists there). Some vendors will be opening businesses along 116th. There was no word on what will be replacing the market.
2. 1405 Fifth Avenue - This has been an empty lot, actually three empty lots, for years. The lots are going to be replaced by an eight-story, 81-unit building for low- to middle-income residents. The building will front Fifth Avenue as well as 115th and 116th streets, and will include over 8000 square feet of retail space. Note: that link is wonky if you look at it via Firefox on a Mac.
3. The Kalahari - Still going up! The giant crane is bringing materials up to the ninth floor this week. The ninth floor is set back and has terraces. Sadly, the construction blog never really took off.
4. Malcolm Shabazz Court - Almost done. 37 studio- to 2-bedroom rental apartments for middle income tenants. Rents will range from $1045 to $1810. Amenities include a "Multi-purpose room with flat screen TV, game tables and billards". There will also be 1600 square feet of retail space. Deadline for applications has passed.
Totally unrelated but interesting #1: Somebody found this site by googling for the terms - drinking hot water after meals to keep from solidifying foods. What's upsetting to me is that this site was only the second hit.
Also orthogonal but interesting #2: Thursday night is Nerd Nite at the Orchid Lounge (500 E. 11th, between Avenuse A and B). A photo of this site may be used in one of the presentations.