Category Archives: real estate

Neil Patrick Harris says no Verizon Fios available in Harlem…at least for his home

The last time Harlem resident Neil Patrick Harris tweeted out something, he eventually got it, which was a Harlem brownstone. Now he can’t get the wifi service he wants so who does he turn to? Twitter. About a day ago NPH tweets out, Verizon Fios service does not reach his new Harlem brownstone. Apparently the service stops about a block away. That’s weird. Why would Verizon Fios stop close to 125th Street in Central Harlem?

The tweet has been retweeted more than a 100 times. I think Harlem is going to be getting expanded Verizon Fios service soon! Don’t ya think?

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Harlem Mural Contest, art to cover fence at 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd

There is an art mural contest happening in Harlem! The deadline is April 11. Here’s the details: Harlem art students, community members, school children involved in the arts should send their art work to publicmural@gmail.com. The various art pieces that come in will be used to create a huge mural to be printed on large-scale printed vinyls to go on the construction fence across on the corner of FDB and 110th Street. That’s where a new Harlem condo building is going up where the old gas station used to be.

See flyer below for more details.
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364 West 119th Street in Harlem purchased for rental redevelopment

In a news release issued today, Jasper Venture Group announced it has purchased a five-story, ten unit low-rise apartment building in Harlem for rental redevelopment.

The property, located at 364 West 119th Street, is in Morningside Heights neighborhood adjacent to Morningside Park and Columbia University. The location offers proximity to nearby Harlem restaurants, nightlife, and mass transit.

According to the news release, the brick row house was originally built in 1910, and its facade retains desirable original architectural features, including ornate ironwork and stonework.

Construction will begin in April, 2014.

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East Harlem’s East River Plaza completely leased out, Planet Fitness and Mt. Sinai rent space

Blumenfeld Development Group, the owners of East River Plaza in East Harlem, today announced via a news release that the retail complex at 116th Street and FDR Drive is now 100 percent leased following the signing of a long-term agreement for 14,500 square feet of space by Planet Fitness and the inking of a 15-year lease by Mt. Sinai Hospital for a community oriented dialysis center, also for 14,500 square feet of space.

They join other tenants within the five-story, half a million square foot complex that includes Target, Costco, PetSmart, Aldi, GameStop, Burlington Coat Factory, Old Navy, Bob’s Discount Furniture and Marshalls, among others.

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220 St. Nicholas in Harlem 50 percent rented

According to The Real Deal, 220 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem “is halfway leased after three weeks, according to its developer Justin Gorjian.”

The 11-story residential building was converted to full-floor rental units and two retail spaces. “Each unit comes with a private outdoor space, floor-to-ceiling windows and private entry that is accessed by keyed elevators. Prices range from $3,000 to $8,000 per month for one, two, and three-bedroom apartments,” according to the article.
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More than 60 percent of condos sold at One Morningside Park in Harlem says The NY Times

One Morningside Park, the luxury condo going up on 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue, is more than half sold! The New York Times reports today that more than 60 percent of the 54 units have sold and prices continue to rise!

“The remaining one-bedroom is listed at $925,000. Two-bedrooms range from $1.436 million, for a 1,051-square-foot space, to $1.949 million for a 1,397-square-foot space. And three-bedrooms range from $1.911 million, for 1,265 square feet, to $2.302 million for 1,383 square feet.”

The article even states people are moving to Harlem because folks are priced out in other parts of the City. Insane!

Manhattan is out of control expensive with no end insight. Mayor-elect De Blasio your up!

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2040 Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem to become apartment complex, gas station employees let go before the holidays

We now have confirmation on what will happen with the Harlem gas station at 2040 FDB. It will become an apartment building. We’ve pretty much known all along what was going to happened to the gas station. Details leaked out last August. Read the latest details here.

What we’ve also learned recently is that more than 20 gas station employees were let go right before the holidays. I guess the developer couldn’t wait until January. Grinch!

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Want a Harlem t-shirt? Keep Harlem, Harlem tees now available

On this Harlem blog, I use tees to feature the subject matter, ie Harlem. Sometimes readers ask, where can I buy a unique tee with the name Harlem on it? Here’s an option. One of my favorite Harlem sites, Harlem NYC, is now offering Harlem tees to purchase. The t-shirt says “Keep Harlem, Harlem.” Pretty cool…huh? If you’re interested in purchasing this Harlem tee, go here! And to check out Harlem NYC like I do, click here.

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One Morningside Park in Harlem taking shape

Harlem real estate continues to amaze me. Development continues even though the entire world feels like a quagmire, with the exception of Manhattan real estate. Look at this building in Harlem on the corner of 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue, which was an abandoned lot! It’s going up so fast and there’s not very many apartments left-unless one has a million dollars. Look at One Morningside Park’s listings! All that’s left to purchase are apartments for $1.2 to $2.2 million. And there’s no guarantee those million dollar apartments have Central Park or Morningside Park views. My guess is those apartments with great park views went first.

With this apartment building going up in this former abandoned lot, can we all agree now that Harlem is one expensive place to buy real estate? Long gone are the days of reasonable apartment deals in Harlem.

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Sale of 1800 Park Avenue in Harlem is completed

We have more Harlem real estate news to report. HarlemGal Inc received a news release recently announcing that Vornado Realty Trust has “completed the previously announced sale of a parcel of land known as Harlem Park located at 1800 Park Avenue (at 125th Street) in New York City for $66 million…” The sale was finalized in the last 48 hours.

With the sale of 1800 Park Avenue completed, we can all now assume that the previously reported plans to develop this area will now move forward. According to several online reports, “Bruce Eichner is planning an 80/20 residential project at the Harlem Park site. Eichner has been in the midst of an architectural competition for the planned development at 1800 Park Avenue and 125th Street.”
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