Shake Shack Harlem moved into the old Applebee’s space located at 1 West 125th Street, on the north/west corner 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.
The spectacular opening unveiled artwork by eleven Harlem students, creating murals through a partnership with Creative Art Works inside ~ and more to come when weather permits in Spring 2019.
Below is a sneak peek from beginning to end, including an update on Creative Art Works outside.
125th Street 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, and local brews from Harlem Brewing Company, The Bronx Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery. 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!
We were invited to meet the artists, eleven Harlem students, creating the murals, inside and out, through a partnership with Creative Art Works. Working with teaching artists’ Valerie Hallier and Michael Mitchell, the students set out to create murals that would reflect Harlem’s rich culture ~ sights and sounds, music and dance, on the streets and in the parks. Calling themselves ‘Team Double Vision’, here they are, putting on the finishing touches for the interior murals.
Creative Art Works is no stranger to Harlem, having recently worked on a division of a project that we’ve been following for several years ~ Gitler & ___ The Audubon Mural Project. Creative Art Works added seven murals to New York City parks, focusing on endangered birds and climate change. (Stay tuned for Gitler & __ in partnership with Broadway Mall Association for the Audubon Sculpture Project in April 2019).
Images above and below were originally worked out as pencil sketches by the students, portraits of themselves (checkout the hair!), music, dance, parks ~ Harlem through their lens ~ in color ~ and this will wrap around the front and side of the exterior part of the building. The two square images below will be positioned in the front part of the interior space.
We caught ‘Team Double Vision‘ ~ the Harlem students working in partnership with Creative Art Works, working on the facade on a sunny April day. Check out a few images below.
April 24, 2019
April 23, 2019
Scroll down to view the project from the beginning…..but now, for the pre-opening par~tay with Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Teens, Stormin Norman, and all your favorite people, including Danny Meyer ~ Monday, December 17, 2018
As always, the Gospel Teens blew the roof off!
Mountains of burgers, fries, chicken, beer & desert too! (Lexis of Lady Lexis Sweets was there)
Stormin Norman……’nuff said
Below, some of the Harlem art students from Creative Art Works sitting in front of their artwork along with teaching artists Michael Mitchell and Valerie Hallier on either end.
Below, the finished artwork along the back walls of the new Shake Shack Harlem. The exterior banner will go up in the Spring.
Have something to say? Here’s the wall to do just that ~ lots of welcoming notes.
And near the door, a take-out counter (above).
And below ~ from beginning to December 18, 2018 when the doors opened
August 25, 2018
As of November 10, 2018, most of the green drywall is down and doors and windows are visible (see below)
November 29, 2018 (below)
We doubt that the completion date will be the end of November (tomorrow), but a quick peek inside was impressive, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Shake Shack Harlem opens before year’s end.
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.