Construction on 1 West 125th Street is underway, preparing for the arrival of Shake Shack, moving into the old Applebee’s space on the north/west corner of Fifth Avenue, across from the National Black Theatre ~ and at the entrance to East Harlem, which is preparing for a number of new projects including the Second Avenue Subway.
Anticipated opening later this year.
This location marks Shake Shack’s second location in Upper Manhattan, joining the Morningside Heights location, former home of Ollies. The menu will feature all our favorite ‘Shack Classics’ ~ ShackBurger, crinkle-cut fries and hand-spun shakes, plus a fabulous selection from local purveyors including Pie Oh My from Lady Lexis Sweets.
Five percent of proceeds from the Harlem Shack’s Pie Oh My concrete, along with all proceeds from the Harlem Shack’s Soft Opening, will benefit Harlem Grown.
The new 3,754-foot Harlem Shake Shack will feature a large outdoor patio, using green architecture and eco-friendly construction with recycled and sustainable materials. Booths will be made from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and table tops will be made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes!
The two-story, 1 West 125th Street was acquired by Circle Capital F, a family-owned Manhattan firm, in 2008 for $15 million. The location places Shake Shack in-between two major subway lines, one block west of the Metro North Station, and one short block from the very busy Marcus Garvey Park and Richard Rodgers Amphitheater ~ with Jazzmobile, Summer Stage, Classical Theatre of Harlem performances, swimming pool, and a plethora of art installations, to name just a few of the revolving events and activities.
This stretch of 125th Street has seen a whirlwind of change, with the opening of the Bed, Bath & Beyond/WeWork/TJ Max complex just a few doors down, and the recent sale of 54-62 West 125th Street, where plans have been filed for a 17-story, 113,000+ square-foot building.
Those looking in from the outside speculate on the impact Shake Shack might have on local Harlem Burger spots ~ but location….location….. Harlemites do tend to stick close to home ~ Eighth Avenue with its plethora of eateries; Lenox Avenue and its surrounding historic district also has wonderful and popular eateries; the East Harlem MetroNorth location, where Shake Shack will open is several neighborhoods away from the wonderful local hot restaurants and burger spots heading down Lexington Avenue.