Frederick Douglass Blvd. street sign
Frederick Douglass Blvd is in the news again! Some entities are clearly getting it that FDB from 110th Street to 125th Street is the place to be! DNAinfo.com and The New York Times have recently filed stories about FDB and how it’s experiencing a boom in drinking and eating establishments. These articles even mention the buzz words “restaurant row.” Hmm…sounds familiar?
Frederick Douglass Blvd. (Circa 2008)
On September 23, DNAinfo wrote about the booming restaurant and bar business along FDB. It was a good story. They introduced us to new information about what the Livmor is up to with their commercial space. However, I was wondering why they left out other notable places, such as Mojo, Billie’s Black Bar, Questan’s and Cafe Amrita? Amrita is at the base of 110th and FDB. Mojo and Billie’s are technically on 119th Street, they are less than a block away from FDB and Mojo and Questan’s opened for business in the last five years. I think all these venues deserved a mention in DNAinfo and The Times. Also, why not mention the proposed Cupcake Suite opening on FDB, Aloft Hotel or the rumored Busboys and Poets coming to Harlem? I guess there is so much action happening on or near FDB, it is a challenge for these news outlets to keep track!
Frederick Douglass Blvd. today
In addition, I noticed that both publications did not mention much about vacant commercial space. What are The Douglass and Gateway Condominiums planning for their commercial space? I would bet that they are aggressively trying to sell their space. I hear Society Cafe is interested in expanding their space right next door once Gateway finishes their construction. If that ends up being true, that would be great for them. They appear to have outgrown their current space.
Overall, it is awesome media coverage for Harlem once again. I love it! Out of the two articles, I will end with my favorite quote from Chris Pollok, co-owner of bier international. “My sense is that this [Frederick Douglass Blvd.] is going to be the Restaurant Row of Harlem.” I will drink to that, Chris! Strawberry beer, please!
Posted in Drink, Harlem, Real Estate, Restaurants
Tagged Aloft Hotel, bier international, Billie's Black Bar, Busboys and Poets, Cafe Amrita, Chris Pollok, Cupca, DNAinfo.com, Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Gateway Condominium, Harlem, Hgl, Hgl5, Mojo, restaurant row, Society Cafe, The Douglass Condominium, The New York Times
By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
If you were wondering what’s behind those scaffolding curtains drapping over Gateway Condominiums located at 2098 Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Central Harlem, we now have a preview! Part of the curtains are down. I believe it came down yesterday. I guess the developer wants us Harlemites to see that the center part of the construction is almost finished. I use the words “almost” cause I am hoping the center building will be painted to match the other buildings it is joined next to.
The center building that we can all see now was a vacant lot. There’s not too many of those lots left at the base of Central Harlem. Vacant lots are slowly vanishing.
As for Gateway Condo, let’s hope the other part of the curtain comes down soon from the part of the building that’s sitting on top. Last week, I saw a giant crane taking big items to the very top of the building. The construction worker on site said they were trying to cover the 11th floor.
Given all this recent activity, let’s just hope those efforts continue so that the project can be finished!
Posted in Harlem, Real Estate
Tagged 10026, 2098 8th Avenue, @HarlemHCL, Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Gateway Condominium, Harlem, HarlemCondoLife.com, Hgl5, new york city, Real Estate, your gateway to harlem
Last week Curbed.com reported that progress may be stirring at the Gateway Condominium in Harlem as outlined in their most recent post.
Could it be that the tide that has been lifting all ships in that corridor on which we’ve previously and often reported is finally lifting this project towards completion?
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