“The Ballroom was completed in 1924 as part of a larger entertainment hub that included a bustling casino and 900-seat theatre. Built and operated by black businessmen, the “Rennie” was the only upscale reception hall available to African Americans at the time. Prize fights, concerts, dance marathons, film screenings, and stage acts were held at the Renaissance, along with elegant parties and meetings of the most influential social clubs and political organizations in Harlem. The community’s elite gathered to dance the Charleston and the Black Bottom to live entertainment by the most renowned jazz musicians of the age.
“The nightspot even played host to the nation’s first all-black professional basketball team, also called the Harlem Renaissance, considered by some to be the best in the world in their day. On game nights, portable hoops were erected on the dance floor, converting the ballroom into a stadium. Following each game, almost invariably a victory for the Rens, a dance was held where players would mingle and jive with the choicest ladies of Harlem. The team barnstormed in towns across the country, playing exhibition games in which coveted matches with white teams drew the largest crowds. In their best season, the Renns set a record with 88 consecutive wins that has yet to be broken.”
Down to 4 units left in One Morningside Park they are almost sold out. The penthouse unit with sweeping views of both Central & Morningside Parks, is selling for a mere $5,900,000 with two terraces. This building hit the ground running as one of the most desirable new properties in South Harlem on the market. People who bought over a year and a half ago during construction have already resold with high profits on their investments.
The same developers are now focusing on their latest project one block over the neighboring property nicknamed as the gas station lot. Located on the south, east corner of 110th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard it is the last lot left on Central Park in New York City. Ground has already broken and a sales office will open soon with floorpans of units ready to sell. The higher units with unobstructed city / park views will undoubtedly become the priciest condos in Harlem.