|My favorite statue in the neighborhood, |
Harriet Tubman on 122 and Fredrick Douglas Ave.
Two of the on Eater's list may be taking things a bit too far, too fast for the neighborhood. Both the ALoft Hotel, which is a Starwood property and part of the W Hotel brand and the Harlem Tavern look like they should be set in midtown or the UWS. I understand why these spots are buying the property and launching into construction now from a business perspective, but I don't think they will get the crowd they are expecting once they open. The hotel is particularly terrifying to me, as it was originally rendered to be built around a historic carriage house that exemplified the area and ended up taking it out (aka knocking it down by accident) during construction. If a business has no interest in preserving any of the history and character of the neighborhood then it's sure to fail (hence my appreciation for the word renaissance vs. gentrification).
|You can't take the Harlem out of Harlem Globe Trotters!|