The preservation community and the Mt. Morris neighborhood is up in arms that another landmarked building in Harlem has been demolished. Is this a trend?
Preservation advocates and elected officials are calling on the City to re-evaluate its policy to allow neglected buildings to deteriorate so badly that the only recourse is to knock them down to protect the community from danger. This is not just a Harlem problem, it’s a citywide problem that must be addressed.
Save Harlem Now!; Mt. Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA); State Senator Cordell Cleare; other elected officials and NYC preservation organizations
Save Harlem Now! (SHN!) is a non-profit advocacy organization with a mission to protect, preserve, and celebrate Harlem’s irreplaceable built heritage and other elements that define Harlem’s sense of place and special character.
SHN! led the effort to designate the Central Harlem West 130th – 132nd Streets Historic District in 2018 and designation of the Harlem Branch Library in 2021.
Mt. Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) is a neighborhood non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and preserving the Mt. Morris Park Historic District and beyond, to fostering an environment of open and active opportunities, and to reflect a spectrum of voices, ideas, and opinions of those who share the neighborhood.
State Senator Cordell Cleare, represents the district where the demolished building at 186 Malcolm X was located.
Photo Credit: “Brownstone Harlem Detail,” 2020.