Renderings Revealed for Harlem’s Future Tallest Skyscraper, at 260-270 West 126th Street

260-270 West 126th Street. Rendering by JFrankl Associates

A new mixed-use residential skyscraper is scheduled to rise at 260-270 West 126th Street in Central Harlem. Renderings have recently been released for the upcoming 385,000 square foot structure. Along with apartments, there will also be a church on the ground floor and a three-story theater. The Thomas Memorial Wesleyan Methodist Church partially occupies the property. The location of the proposed 42-story tower sits to the west of the famous Apollo Theater and has been used as a parking lot for a number of years. The dimensions of the site are about 125 feet long and 10 feet deep.

The residential lobby for 260-270 West 126th Street. Rendering by JFrankl Associates

The floor plan of the ground floor for 260-270 West 126th Street. Yellow is commercial space, green is the residential lobby, and blue is the public space. Floor plan from JFrankl Associates

The residential lobby will be found through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, along West 126th Street. To the east of the residences will be 1,300 square feet of commercial space. A separate set of doors to the west of the main lobby will direct visitors to the proposed church in the back of the property. The design also includes a classroom, a kitchen with prep room, a meeting room, and administrative areas. Two mechanical floors separate the four-story podium from the start of the apartments on the seventh floor. There will be 34 residential floors, evenly stacked on top of each other, averaging 8,700 square feet per level. The diagram below shows over 10 feet of space between each green-colored section. The forty-first and forty-second floor will house mechanical units.

A stacking diagram of 260-270 West 126th Street. Yellow is commercial space, green is residential space, blue is public space, and gray is mechanical floors. Diagram from JFrankl Associates

The building curtain wall appears to have a mix of floor-to-ceiling panels, corner balconies, and terraces. The structure will be capped with a two-story mechanical section behind a flat roof parapet. A large outdoor terrace on the northwestern corner of the development also appears in the rendering.

A construction and completion date for 260-270 West 126th Street has not been announced yet.

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13 Comments on "Renderings Revealed for Harlem’s Future Tallest Skyscraper, at 260-270 West 126th Street"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: No curve but custom on progress, I catch it on your telling. (Thank you)

  2. The construction lot is 10 feet deep?

  3. Damn at least “show” some people of color in the lobby renderings!

  4. I like it so far. It has a mid-century modern/moderne look.

  5. House-Whitehorse | February 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm | Reply


  6. Sheesh yes! In the middle of Harlem of all places.

    • (This was a response to Geoffrey noticing the baffling absence of people of color in the renderings. I forgot to nest the comment.)

  7. Wow Harlem will no longer have a residential community feel. It’s going to look like the rest of Manhattan with a bunch if tall buildings. Bye old Harlem ?

  8. Adrian Seabrook | March 19, 2019 at 3:58 pm | Reply

    It’s going to be like mid-town Manhattan. Not a community base area like it used to be. Let’s hope the local Politian’s ( meaning the democrat’s) let Harlem be Harlem, for the middle class and the poor.

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