Revealed: 3 West 128th Street, Harlem

3 West 128th Street, rendering by Beam Group3 West 128th Street, rendering by Beam Group

Harlem is no longer known for abandoned buildings and neglected blocks. Small developments are filling in the vacant lots that once pockmarked the neighborhood, and today we have a look at one coming to 3 West 128th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard.

The new building will rise six stories and hold 20 apartments, divided across 13,163 square feet of residential space. Average units would measure about 700 square feet, meaning that these are probably rentals.

Each story would have three to four apartments, and a duplex would fill parts of the third and fourth floors. Future tenants will also be able to take advantage of a roof deck on the top floor.

Joel Berkowitz is the developer, and Beam Group designed the building.

The cut-outs for the balconies are a bit odd and angular, but the floor-to-ceiling glass windows and balconies—which will be installed on half the apartments—are attractive features. The rendering also shows the building breaking the street wall slightly by extending past the church next door, which doesn’t have a particularly positive impact on the block or on how pedestrians experience it.

However, YIMBY is happy to see more density in this part of Harlem. The 125th Street stop on the 2 and 3 trains is only four blocks away, and the 4/5/6 trains and the Metro-North Railroad stop five to six blocks east of the West 128th Street site. Additionally, retail construction is booming along 125th Street. A Whole Foods Market is about to open nearby at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue (by the 2 and 3 trains), and several other major tenants will fill out the six-story mall anchored by the organic food chain, including American Eagle, Burlington Coat Factory, Nordstrom Rack, Olive Garden, and TD Bank.

Marcus Garvey Park and Harlem River Park are both within easy walking distance as well.

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3 Comments on "Revealed: 3 West 128th Street, Harlem"

  1. I’m amazed on the latest design, bare concrete in rendering such a beautiful without color show up.

  2. It is remarkable there isn’t more development in this area considering how transit accessible it is. I walk from Lenox to the 125th St 4/5/6 every day and my commute is easier than nearly all of my friends’ in Bkn.

    • The best is yet to come and that is why the hue and cry about gentrification. The close and easy access to public transportation has always been a draw to Harlem. However, the people that have endured the closed and boarded up buildings (many of which were purposely taken off the market) along with all of the other negative ills were being made ready for such a time as this. Now the rebuilding begins and many of the residents will not be able to remain. This was by design and not by accident. Damn shame. The Harlem politicians are as responsible as well as many others.

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