Avenue is typically associated with Manhattan luxury, but it’s only
recent that the ritzy road still evokes such cachet all the way up in
Harlem. Joining multi-million-dollar condos and an office building home
to good old ex-President Bill Clinton are two new luxury hotels: one 19
stories high at 125th Street, boasting as many as 260 rooms as well as
banquet and meeting space; and one at 124th Street and Frederick
Douglass Boulevard where an Associated supermarket once stood, possibly
baring the reputation of the W Hotel. The former project, undertaken by New Jersey-based Reisman Properties, will be designed by Handel Architects, a firmt hat worked on both the Trump Soho Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton, Downtown. The New York Observer reports that expenses will reach upwards of $80 million.
Meanwhile, Harlem’s Copeland’s Restaurant on 145th Street will be shuttering its doors for good
in less than a week’s time. Calvin Copeland, 82, has been dishing out
soul food uptown for 50 years, and make no mistakes, this is no hole in
the wall: the eatery was a favorite amongst stars like Stevie Wonder,
Harry Belafonte and Sammy Davis Jr.; and it catered events featuring
former mayors David Dinkins and Ed Koch and Congressman Charles Rangel.
And yet, Copeland blames its closing on, you guessed it, gentrification,
as well as an influx of Hispanic residents and restaurants and the
typical lack of parking. If you haven’t tried it, Sunday’s brunch—dubbed “The Last Supper”—is your only chance.
All this and Manhattanville is still in the design phases.