Thursday, November 20, 2014

DWELL: RECORD CONTRACT AT 17 WEST 120TH STREET

A record contract has just been signed for 17 West 120th Street in the Mount Morris Park Historic District which could be the highest closing in Harlem since 2013.  At an initial asking of $3.75 million, this 3-family home is a standout because it is on one of the most gorgeous, historic blocks in the entire city.  Poet Maya Angelou had a home on this street and Marcus Samuelsson is also a notable neighbor.  The property will be sold vacant and apparently has quite a bit of original details but we have not seen any images posted at this point in time.  As mentioned previously this week, the current closing residential record holder belongs to one of Harlem's most famous celebrity residents: LINK

INTRODUCING: TOPIARY AT CHAIWALI ON LENOX

Walking the corner of 124th and Lenox yesterday we noticed that Chaiwali has set up a topiary display outside of the unfinished space.  Topiary and tea parlors get a big thumbs up from the Bespoke crew so we expect the interior to be just as attentive to the finer details when things finish up.  We have not heard much about an opening date but from what we have read so far, this boutique chai tea parlor will  be worth the wait: LINK

REVIVE: COPPER AT THE CORN EXCHANGE


The lower floors of the Corn Exchange building on East 125th Street by Park Avenue have now fully been bricked and some of the metal elements have been installed within the past week.  As one of Harlem's unique individual city landmarks, the developer had to make sure everything matched up to replicate the aesthetic of the of the original design.  The large oriel bay windows are some of the distinct details of this Queen Anne and Romanesque mash up of architectural styles and were last seen in a green patina.

Since copper takes some time to tarnish, we might just have a situation here where the finished structure might just have a warm metallic glow for a year or so if a green patina is not added on.  Next up is to finish the brick on the dormer windows at top along with few chimney stacks before adding on the slate shingles to the roof.  Usually the cornices come at the end so we probably will not see those addition until the new year.  Check out our past post for final renderings of this historic site: LINK

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EAT: HARLEM PIZZA CO. ARRIVING ON 116TH

A Bespoke tip came in that a new pizzeria has taken over the old Il Forno space on 116th Street just west of Lenox Avenue.  Harlem Pizza Co. definitely has some smart graphics but unique pies that stand out will be the true test for the business.  There are a lot of standard pizza chains in Harlem already so anything up market needs to really not just sell the basics and be somewhat affordable at the same time.  Further north on Lenox, another boutique pizzeria which has also been planned will face the same challenge: LINK