62-64 East 125th Street to be Demolished + Permits filed for East Harlem Media/Cultural/Entertainment Center



62-64 East 125th Street

This week, a shed went up, surrounding the sidewalk portion of 62-64 East 125th Street, with a permit indicating that the building, located between Madison and Park Avenue, will be demolished.

62-64 East 125th Street, slated for demolition, sits next to an empty lot to its west, owned by the same owner (Brukha Assets LLC), and an empty lot to its east on Park Avenue, recently purchased by the Durst Organization, who also bought an L-shaped lot on the other side of Park Avenue.

A little Streetart added, January 2018

When 62-64 East 125th Street is demolished, it will leave more than one-half of that block bare. Across the street is the new luxury rental building, Harlem 125 at 69 East 125th Street, with its commercial space the new home of the Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center.

The images above and below shows the empty Durst Organization lot, 1800 Park Avenue, with a view of the newly renovated historic Corn Exchange building.

Empty lot on Park Avenue between 124/125th Street in East Harlem, owned by the Durst Corporation

More activity is scheduled for this small stretch of 125th Street, running from Fifth Avenue to First Avenue.  Just down the block, on the north/east corner of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue, the National Black Theater and L+M Development are proposing a 20-story mixed-use building on their current site. The historic Trowel & Square Building was recently renovated, with a modern new facade.

Ron Moelis and the National Black Theater site, East Harlem. Image via therealdeal.com

Heading east, the Bjarke Ingel’s “Gotham East” (rendering below) is topping off at 145 East 126th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues, with a view overlooking 125th Street.

Bjarke Engels project – rendering of the view from 125th Street near Third Avenue. Image via Bjarke Engels.

The block-long Pathmark supermarket property, running from Lexington to Third Avenue, sold by Abyssinian Development Corporation to Extell Development is still an undisclosed development project.

And last, but not least, further east, construction has begun on the $700 million East Harlem multi-use development project, East Harlem Media, Entertainment and Cultural Center, (rendering below), which will include 30,000 square feet of dedicated community and cultural space, more than 600 affordable housing units, a public plaza, new office and retail space, and a hotel.

Image via nycedc

While East 125th Street may appear to be going vertical, back on the ground there are many neighborhood shops, restaurants, and organizations   ~  keeping the integrity of this community.

While you’re there, check out 50 recently completed East Harlem painted gates as part of the #100GatesProject, new public art installation, Atlas, in Marcus Garvey Park, visit a historic firehouse converted into a cultural center, and a four-story salvage shop! Pick up a Holiday Wreath at Urban Garden Center, walk over to the iconic Graffiti Wall of Fame, and take a tour of El Barrio’s historic murals. Visit Hunter East Harlem Gallery Taller Boricua, Elizabeth Dee Gallery and The National Black Theater.

Stay tuned for news on East Harlem rezoning & the full Council vote on Thursday, November 30.

More on Rezoning from NYC Planning.