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Development Could Mean Harlem’s First Brewery Since Prohibition

A rendering of the future brewery's building. (Photo courtesy of the New York Observer)

By Pamela Engel
New York Observer

A big-time private investment will bring two new commercial developments to a stretch of West 125th Street that could include the first brewery in Harlem since Prohibition.

The city’s Economic Development Corporation announced today that it has tapped both Janus Partners and Monadnock Construction for the former Taystee Bakery Complex project, while 125th Street Equities was selected to redevelop the Corn Exchange Building. Together, the sites comprise 350,000 square feet.

“We rezoned 125th Street to strengthen the famed Harlem corridor and enhance its historic role as a vibrant arts, entertainment and retail center,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a news release. “The private sector commitments represent an enormous vote of confidence in Harlem’s future and 125th Street’s ongoing role in the area’s revitalization.”

The developments are expected to create 530 permanent jobs and 570 construction jobs, according to the city. The 328,000-square-foot Taystee Bakery Complex will become CREATE @ Harlem, a commercial and industrial space for creative industry tenants, and the Corn Exchange Building project will add 31,000 square feet of office and retail space to the Harlem corridor.

Read more from the New York Observer.

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A Day In Harlem

With so many new and exciting things happening in Harlem we thought it might be fun to do “A Day In Harlem” to help us all explore the area and see what fun we can get into.

Saturday
Morning – Start out with a great brunch (for around $11) at Harlem Native Restaurant & Bar (161 Lenox Avenue & 118th St.). Then head to the Morningside Park Farmer’s Market.

Afternoon – As we head out of the Morningside Park Farmer’s Market be sure to grab some fresh fruit or a snack. Take a stop at your favorite retail stores to get those weekend errands done. Old Navy, Children’s Place and even the Nine West Outlet are all local so we can get the most accomplished during our busy day.

Early Evening – Head home to your amazing new Apex Condo at 2300 Frederick Douglas Boulevard and 124th Street (centrally located close to all the events, shopping and transportation in the area) to drop off your purchaes from the Farmer’s Market and shopping/errands. While you are in your new Apex Condominium, freshen up for a great night out.

Evening – Steps away from Apex Condos is The Studio Museum In Harlem where you can enjoy culture and art before heading to dinner. For dinner we are headed to MOCA – Restaurant & Lounge for an excellent dinner mixed with a relaxed lounge for post-dinner drinks. Great place to spend time with a group of friends and enjoy the end of a great summer day in Harlem. As the night comes to a close you take enjoyment in knowing that your new Apex Condo is only steps away, close enough to all the attractions but above (on top of the Starwood Aloft Hotel) the hustle and bustle of it all.

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Welcome to Harlem FYI

Welcome to Harlem FYI…a blog about living in this historic New York City neighborhood.

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