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Cool Listings, Harlem

Photo credit: Travis Mark for Sotheby’s International Realty

This Georgian Revival-style townhouse at 234 West 138th Street on Harlem’s historic Strivers’ Row appears elegant and unassuming from the outside, but the four-story home’s interiors tell a more colorful story. Asking $3,250,000, the stately–but hardly stodgy–townhouse was the longtime residence of comic book editor and publisher Jenette Kahn, who served as president of DC Comics and MAD Magazine for over 26 years. The art-filled–and artfully curated–home’s current resident is a movie producer, so the creative energy remains.

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City Living, Policy

 Photo by Ludovic Bertron on Flickr

New York City this week named eight rat-prone neighborhoods as part of Mayor Eric Adams’ quest to control the rodent population. According to a notice posted by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Monday, the “rat mitigation zones,” which are areas with “high levels of rat activity,” include Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and Chinatown, the East Village, the Lower East Side, and Harlem in Manhattan. As Crain’s reported, these identified zones will be the focus of a multiagency effort to address the rats and the conditions that cause them, according to the city.

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Hamilton Heights, Harlem, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Queens

Image courtesy of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

Just in time for Jazz Appreciation Month, the city may landmark three properties connected to the history of jazz. The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday voted to calendar the legendary Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, the one-time Queens home of Dizzy Gillespie, and an apartment building in Hamilton Heights where jazz pioneers Duke Ellington and Noble Lee Sissle once lived.

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Cool Listings, Harlem

Photo credit: DDreps for The Corcoran Group

Atop the Style Condominium at 51 East 131st Street, a 21st-century addition to the vibrant East Harlem neighborhood, this one-bedroom condominium is a compact top-floor residence with private outdoor space and renovated interiors. Asking $599,000, the 658-square-foot home has unobstructed penthouse views and light to match, without the penthouse price.

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Cool Listings, Harlem

Photos courtesy of Compass

This two-bedroom home at 258 Saint Nicholas Avenue reveals an architect’s eye for both clean lines and convenient living. Asking $1,395,000, the 1,331-square-foot apartment’s interior was completely redesigned by the current owners with flexibility and modern design in mind: Two rooms become one via sliding panel; closets, electronics, and shelves recede into sleek white walls, and floor-to-ceiling glass fills spaces with sunlight and city views.

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affordable housing, Harlem, Policy

Rendering courtesy of SHoP Architects

On the Harlem lot where a residential development with hundreds of housing units was once proposed, a truck depot opened this week. As Patch first reported, the first trucks drove on Wednesday to the stop on West 145th Street, the site of the One45 proposal. After the council member refused to support the new mixed-use development, citing gentrification and lack of affordable housing, the developer scrapped the plan in May and moved forward with one that did not require zoning changes. The depot can hold up to 200 vehicles.

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Harlem, Manhattan

All photos courtesy of the Central Park Conservancy

A new gate in Central Park will permanently honor the “Central Park Five,” the five Black and Latino teens who in 1989 were convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. “The Gate of the Exonerated” commemorates the exoneration of all five men, each of whom unjustly served between six and 12 years in prison before being cleared in 2002. Located on 110th Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Fifth Avenue, the new entrance was unveiled on Monday, exactly 20 years after their convictions were overturned, marking the first named gate in Central Park since 1862.

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Cool Listings, Harlem

Photos courtesy of Fox Residential

Options are many in this 3,225-square-foot condo on Manhattan’s Museum Mile between East Harlem and Carnegie Hill; the combination of two apartments resulted in a collection of rooms that work as bedrooms (as many as six), playrooms or entertaining spaces, depending on your needs. What you can’t change: a coveted spot on Central Park and amazing panoramic views of the park and Conservatory Gardens. Asking $6,750,000, this sun-filled home can be found in the Emery Roth-designed 1920s building at 1200 Fifth Avenue known as The Park View. Not ready for a commitment? You can rent the pretty pre-war home for $25,000/month.

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Celebrities, Harlem

Photo of Cicely Tyson via Wikimedia; Google Street View of East 101st Street, Map data © Google

A stretch of street in East Harlem was renamed Cicely Tyson Way in honor of the late trailblazing actress. Tyson, who grew up in a fifth-floor railroad flat at 178 East 101st Street, died last January at the age of 96. Throughout her 70-year award-winning career, Tyson defied racial stereotypes and became famous for her depiction of strong Black women in theater and film.

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Harlem, History

Althea Gibson was honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City after she won the 1957 Wimbledon Women’s Singles Championship. Photo via Wikimedia

A block in Harlem was renamed on Thursday in honor of tennis star Althea Gibson on what would have been her 95th birthday. Gibson broke the color barrier in tennis, becoming the first Black player to compete in the U.S. National Championships and in the tournament at Wimbledon. The section of West 143rd Street between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard will be called “Althea Gibson Way.”

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