Harlem Wants to Honor Their Buildings By Making Them Landmarks

Written By Stephanie Spencer | May 29, 2012
Harlem nyc 0

Enveloped in rich history and classic architecture, Harlem has recently caught the eye of Manhattan residents who see the area as steadily improving. Shut down factories and old public schools have been quickly converted to lofts and condominiums, turning Harlem into a more family oriented neighborhood than before. While this positive attention has financially benefited Harlem, locals don’t want anyone to forget about the landmarks that have uniquely characterized the neighborhood. Community Board 10 has submitted a plan to help “preserve the integrity and history of Harlem by increasing its landmark designations.” Betty Dubuisson, CB 10 Landmarks Chair, told NY1 that they strive to enlighten those to the significant history in Harlem, giving 100-year-old buildings the attention they deserve. "We are very under-represented when it comes to landmark and historic districts,” said Dubuisson. “Harlem, by comparison, we are at 3.6 percent of our buildings are historically landmarked, whereas Manhattan in general is 10.6 percent and the Upper West Side is 26 percent.”

This new plan was designed in the hopes of creating a range of landmark designations throughout the residential area. "Within those study areas, the four components of landmarks are 'individual,' which is really looking at the exteriors of the building. The next is the 'interior,' we have for example the Lenox Lounge," says Dubuisson. "For 'scenic,' we have Rucker Park as an example and for an historic district we only have two right now, which are Strivers Row and Mount Morris Park, and we are looking to extend those two." Now that the plan has received the stamp of approval, it is being reviewed by Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Department of City Planning, however apartment residence are optimistic that these landmark changes will bring a nore well known meaning to their beloved buildings.


Elegran LLC may or may not be the exclusive listing agent of the properties being displayed on Elegran.com. All data displayed on Elegran.com is presented for informational purposes only and should be independently confirmed by all customers. All Information is compiled from both public and private sources including, but not limited to the RLS, MLS and ACRIS; each of which is assumed to be reliable. All information displayed is subject to errors and omissions regarding apartment specifications and final sale prices, and further, any unit listed may have had its listing withdrawn without notice subsequent to such information being compiled. No representation is made as to the accuracy of any description (ie: listing, close sale data, and/or building description) of any building or individual unit. All measurements and square footage are approximate and all information herein should be confirmed by customer and/or their attorney. Elegran LLC, its members, affiliates, and contributors adhere to New Your City, New York State, and United States Fair Housing Laws.