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    This most certainly IS good news. I've always felt that the area immediately surrounding the 125th Street station was some of the most underdeveloped, under-appreciated real estate going. I'm amazed this area didn't blossom with office skyscrapers or upscale condos years ago. This might be the catalyst that does it. Good for NY. Good for Harlem. Good for tourism. Good for the hard hats. Way to go, Marriott!

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    NYC 01 07 05


    Steve Garmhausen

    The 34-story tower will feature offices, a Marriott Courtyard and retail.

    A nearby commuter rail station is the key to filling Harlem Park's 185,000 square feet of office space.

    The Enrique Norten-designed building is to open in June 2006.

    A group of investors is betting $220 million on a new Harlem renaissance, in the form of a new office, hotel and retail complex.

    The 34-story, 550,000-square-foot project, dubbed "Harlem Park," should break ground in February at a parking lot at Park Ave. and 125th Street-towering over a key Metro-North commuter-rail station directly across the street. It will feature 185,000 square feet of office space, 57,000 of retail and a conference center for 800, all at its base. Its tower will house 80,000 square feet of luxury residential units, with 14 floors dedicated to a 204-room Marriott Courtyard hotel, says Michael Caridi, senior managing principal of 1800 Park Ave. LLC, the owner. The opening should be in June 2006. The project has been designed by star Mexican architect Enrique Norten.

    Over the last few years, Harlem has had a surge of retail development, including Harlem USA, a 285,000-square-foot retail and entertainment complex developed in 1999 by Grid Properties and The Gotham Organization. The $66 million center, at 125th Street and Frederic Douglass Boulevard, includes a Magic Johnson Movie Theatre, Old Navy, HMV Record Store, Modell's Sporting Goods and New York Sports Club. A rush of retailers flocked to the complex after Disney announced that it was opening a store there, but the company closed the store as part of a national retail reorganization.

    Until now, however, "there has been no real class A office space with the right amenities," says Caridi, who is also managing director of the project developer, Majic Development Group. Harlem Park's construction will cost $190 million, and the entire project is budgeted at $220 million, which includes a long-term lease of a 36,000-square-foot lot that is owned by the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Caridi says.

    Office space in Harlem has often gone to city agencies or non-profits. But the developers plan to market Harlem Park to financial services companies, playing up the convenience of the Metro North Railroad station that connects it to commuter suburbs in New York and Connecticut and is just one direct stop from Grand Central. Another major selling point will be the fact that the complex's power grid is independent of the rest of Manhattan, making it attractive as a disaster recovery space.

    "A lot of financial services companies want to decentralize their operations and have a backup location in close proximity," says Shawna Menifee, associate director at Cushman & Wakefield, which is representing the project. "We offer that without having to leave the island of Manhattan."

    Rents for the office space will be in the mid-$40 range, but the effective price will be much lower because the building benefits from state and federal tax incentives and other programs meant to foster job creation, said Caridi.

    Being in Harlem would also "make a statement" for national firms, Caridi says.

    It would be similar to the one made by former president Bill Clinton, who set up his offices in the area a couple of years ago. National retailers have done the same and posted strong sales figures. "That helped us make our decision," Caridi says.

    The lineup of investors has some glitter: It includes Kevin Liles, president

    of Def Jam Records, and Jacqueline Autry a philanthropist, who is president and director of the Gene Autry Foundation and an honorary president of the American League of Major League Baseball. Another major investor is SBM Certificate Co., a Bethesda, Md.-based investment company.

    Having Marriott manage the first nationally branded hotel in Harlem lends credibility to the project. The company is entering the market because it holds the sort of promise that Times Square did 20 years ago when the chain set up a Marriott Marquis there, says Dave Sampson, senior vice president of diversity initiatives for the company.

    Marriott (which took the leap into downtown Brooklyn in the late 1990s) also built a hotel as part of a downtown convention center in Philadelphia a few years ago when that area was struggling. "We have a track record of success in going into areas before their time, so to speak," says Sampson, who grew up not far from the Harlem project. Sampson sees Harlem beginning to gel once again, with rising real estate prices and retail thriving. "Clearly a change has been happening over the last four or five years," he says.

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    I thought the hotel looked differently

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    NY needs more architecture like this.
    No more SOM boxes, please!
    Too bad damned NIMBY's shaved 100 ft. off the original height.

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    Gov. Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg broke ground yesterday for a new hotel in Harlem — the neighborhood's first major hotel in 40 years.

    The $236 million project will feature a 204-room Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 167,000 square feet of office space, about 100 residential units, retail stores, a health club, an outdoor swimming pool and an underground garage.

    Bloomberg said the project, particularly the hotel, will add to Harlem's status as a tourist destination.

    "This is a great day for Harlem and New York City," he said. "This will prove without a doubt that Harlem's economic revival is moving, and moving at full speed."

    Said Pataki, "If you give this community an opportunity, give it the tools and you will see again Harlem shining bright."

    A study carried out by one of the project's developers, Majic Development Group, found that about 30 percent of New York tourists visit Harlem.

    The Harlem Park development will be located across the street from the Metro-North railroad station at 125th Street and Park Avenue, a few long blocks from former President Bill Clinton's office.

    The hotel, scheduled to be completed by late next year, has committed to hiring Harlem residents for 25 percent of its jobs.

    It will be Harlem's first major hotel since the Hotel Theresa closed in 1966. AP

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    Smile New Harlem

    TEN Arquitectos
    Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos, SC
    Harlem Park
    New York, NY

    Dramatically illuminated at night Harlem Park will strike a prominent profile on the northern Manhattan skyline.

    Harlem Park is envisioned as the first high-profile landmark to mark the rebirth of Harlem in the 21st Century. The building, a layered silhouette of glass and masonry, will mark the gateway to Harlem at 125th Street and Park Avenue.
    The design strategy was to create a memorable and timeless image that will remain a prominent landmark in Harlem as the neighborhood continues to grow and change.

    The composition of the above-grade construction will appear as an assemblage of distinct volumes corresponding to the multiple functions within the complex.
    At street level, retail spaces will wrap around the entire site to activate the street level and encourage pedestrians to turn the corner onto Park Avenue. Signage will be integrated into the pedestrian level storefronts and facades to attract activity and further activate the pedestrian experience.
    The roof area of the mid-rise office block will contain restaurants, spas, and other amenities. The Marriott Courtyard Hotel will occupy the lower portion of the tower with luxury residential units above.

    Norten would like the tower building to reflect the particular colors of Harlem, reds, yellows, and greens, by applying a mosaic of colored louvers behind the curved glass windows.

    Harlem Park will act as the connecting node between east and west Harlem, and establish and reinforce the standards of the 125th Street corridor as it evolves as the Main Street of the neighborhood in the years ahead. The Metro North Railroad across the street, one direct stop from Grand Central Station, connects to commuter suburbs in New York and Connecticut.

    Drawing courtesy TEN Arquitectos

    Total area: 550,000 square feet

    Construction start: 2005
    Projected completion: 2006

    Developer:1800 Park Avenue, LCC.
    Architects: TEN Arquitectos (Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos, SC)
    Executive Architect: MDA Design Group International
    Principal: Michael Duddy

    Project Team:
    Tim Dumbleton
    Michel Hsiung
    Yun Hsueh, Daniel Holguin
    Dieter Schoellbenger
    Luis Villegas
    Maya Schali
    Elisabeth Martin.

    Structural Engineer: DeSimone Consulting Engineers, PLLC. Design
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    Web site launched:

    Managed to maintain its elegance even after being NIMBYfied.

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    Thumbs up

    Just checked out the website, very nice.

    Stacking Plan:

    Also related, the sweeping revitalization of 125th Street:

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    Harlem hotel gets upgrade

    By Valerie Block
    September 26, 2005

    The highly anticipated Marriott in Harlem may be going upscale. Real estate developer Majic Development Group is in discussions with hotel executives to build a Marriott Hotels Resorts & Suites or a Renaissance Hotels & Resorts instead of a budget Marriott Courtyard, a spokeswoman for the hotel confirms.

    However, it may be some time before the plan jumps off the drawing board.

    Harlem Park, the $236 million project at East 125th Street and Park Avenue, which is to include the hotel, 100 residential units and retail and office space, was slated to open in December 2005. A groundbreaking ceremony was held early this year. But construction crews have yet to show up.

    Meanwhile, the developer is also looking at changing its retail strategy at the site, says the source. Majic executives did not return phone calls.

    ©2005 Crain Communications Inc.

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    I pass this site everyday and nothing has been done and it looks as if nothing will be done here for a while. Its disappointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stern
    I pass this site everyday and nothing has been done and it looks as if nothing will be done here for a while. Its disappointing.
    Yeah this site is dead, I am wondering why it is taking so long

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    City Review:

    View of Harlem Park mixed-use design for Park Avenue and 125th Street as it would appear from the southwest
    By Carter B. Horsley

    The architectural scene in New York City is becoming increasingly international and one of the brightest "new" stars is Enrique Norten, who is based in Mexico City.

    Mr. Norten's firm, TEN Arquitectos, is the subject of a nice exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York from June 7 through October 30, 2005, entitled "New York Moving Forward."

    The exhibition contains renderings and models of several of Mr. Norten's recent projects including three in New York City that not only will enhance his reputation but significantly move the city back into the mainstream of architecture creativity after a much too long hiatus.

    The most important of these New York projects is Harlem Park, a 34-story structure now under construction on 125th Street at Park Avenue, which is certain to become Harlem's most important landmark. The building, shown above, is a bold and sophisticated design that is most notable for undulating grid of its eastern facade.

    Design studies for Harlem Park

    The tower's slab is aligned along the north/south axis. The middle of the slab is green and the top section of the eastern base of the project is blue and contains five floors of office space. The bottom of the base contains about 55,000 square feet of retail space and a terraced banquet level. The tower will contain a 204-room Marriott Courtyard hotel, 185,000 square feet of office space and the top of the tower will contain 110,000 square feet of apartments.

    More design studies for Harlem Park

    The tower is across from the 125th Street Metro-North rail station. Majic Development Group is the developer of the $220 million project. The hotel will be the first major new hotel in Harlem since the closing in 1966 of the Hotel Theresa. The project originally was planned to be about 550 feet tall but was lowered to about 453 feet.

    What is perhaps most striking about the project is that Norten's design studies for the project are superb. Ideally they should all be built. Often the best design studies are overtaken by political and economic compromises and while this project has been reduced in height it still remains as a tremendously exciting design that will become a major New York City landmark.

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    Two hotels in Harlem.

    By Daniel Freed

    "This isn't that expensive a hotel. It's moderate," Pumpkin Lopez explained. "It's basically clean because I try to thoroughly clean it. I try not to have too much, you know, craziness going on, like people getting into problems with other customers, you know, or people running up and down and in and out, you know, and working with this guy"—Lopez indicated a large olive-skinned man with a shaved head who stood by silently. "He don't understand English and he's deaf in one ear, so it makes it harder on me."

    Lopez, who earns $3.50 an hour plus tips at the Park Avenue Hotel on 124th Street, is indeed a hard worker. He appears to have several duties, including janitor, chief of security and concierge. He runs around with a mop and bucket and a set of keys, while Manuel Pena, a sixtyish Dominican man who sits behind a thick plastic window, calls out room numbers in Spanish.

    Across the street, a $236 million Marriott is set to begin construction. The project is being hailed as the first major hotel to go up in Harlem since the Hotel Theresa, onetime host to Fidel Castro, closed its doors in 1966. Mexican architect Enrique Norten is working on the design, and Danny Meyer, a downtown chef whose customers would probably not blanch at the idea of reserving a month in advance to pay $15 for a cheeseburger, is reportedly negotiating to open a restaurant there.

    The Park Avenue's customers are on a somewhat tighter budget. For just $40, anyone can enjoy one of the hotel's rooms for six hours. Other options are $75 for 12 hours, $300 per week, and $600 per month. There is a common bathroom off the lobby, and some of the rooms also have private bathrooms at no additional charge.

    The amenities are popular, but spotty. There is no bar, though to judge from his breath, one repeat customer appeared to have done a bit of drinking before he arrived. He had a lady friend in tow. Tall and wiry, she wore a bandana on her head and hung back silently.

    "Are the movies on?" the man asked Pena, plunking down 40 dollars. "Are the movies on?"

    As this couple was leaving, accompanied by a shout from Pena—"Dos veinte cinco está libre"—another one entered. The second lady asked the first, somewhat conspiratorially, "Do they have air conditioning in there?" The shy response was apparently in the negative, as lady number two moaned dejectedly before climbing the stairs to her room.

    Perhaps the Marriott will have a gift shop. The Park Avenue has Robert Grant, who, like many hotel gift shops, carries a range of items for sale. On this particular day, he was very interested in moving a bottle of calcium pills. He also had a book by Bill Cosby entitled I Am What I Ate and I'm Frightened.

    Grant stood at the front desk hawking his wares while Genna Borrero, a transsexual and frequent hotel guest, repeatedly asked various bystanders for three dollars. She eventually walked away disappointed, as Grant shook his head pitifully.

    "That cat is always begging for money," he said. "I don't like doin' it but people are very nice to me—helped me, you know? White people, black, Spanish. I get along with everybody. And I've helped people too. When I give, I give from the heart. God is good, yo. I can give you those pills for two dollars but that's as low as I can go. If you want 'em."

    Apparently like the Marriott, Grant knows racism is bad business. Lopez knows this too.

    "All walks of life of people come through that door and I try to tell them they're people. There's no color. The only color is green. You remember that there's no black. There's no white. There's no Chinese and there's no Jew. The only color is green money. And plastic. Plastic and money rule. They have the say," Lopez said.

    The Park Avenue does not accept credit cards, but if Lopez's vision of the future proves right it will be forced to do so or be forced out of business. Credit cards are the future. Credit cards and racial tolerance.

    "Sometimes the racism issue gets in the way. People get angry and they shout out other than the person's name. I step in and try to fix the problem. In the next ten years there will be no paper money circulating. If you're gonna dispute and argue over the little things you won't be ready for the future. Things are going quick-fast, and by the same token you have to be up you have to be in tune because before you know it that building will be up."

    Volume 18, Issue 43

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