National Urban League Plans to Use $188M For 125th Street Headquarters in Harlem

urban empowerment center

The National Urban League is moving along with planning for a 17-story project that will include affordable rental housing, a civil rights museum, office space for community groups, retail space, and their headquarters/conference.

121 West 125th Street in Harlem. Courtesy of BRP Companies

The development, known as the Urban League Empowerment Center, will replace a low-slung retail building at 121 West 125th Street and a four-story parking garage that fronts the north side of the lot on West 126th Street. It will also rise next to the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building

For more see: https://commercialobserver.com/2020/08/national-urban-league-nails-down-188m-for-planned-125th-street-hq-in-harlem/

MTA to Begin Overnight Bus Service, Again…

Beginning Wednesday, August 5, MTA New York City Transit will provide new overnight bus service for customers between Manhattan and Brooklyn, and between Manhattan and the Bronx.
The new M99 will operate run every 20 minutes from approximately 1AM and 6AM, between East New York in Brooklyn and the West 42nd Street pier in Manhattan. The new Bx99 will run every 20 minutes from approximately 1AM and 6AM, between Woodlawn in the Bronx and the West Village serving the east and west sides of Manhattan, crossing Midtown along 57th Street. 
Please visit mta.info/overnight for more information and use the MyMTA app or call 511 to plan your trip. 

Average Building Height

Carto has a map of NYC building heights where red is tall, and blue is short:

As you would expect, the lower half of Manhattan is mostly red, and Brooklyn is mostly blue.

If you zoom in on our neighborhood, you’ll typically see a mix of red and blue, with the projects being almost purely red areas:

Zooming in even more, you can see how the taller brownstones along Madison Avenue between 126/127 are taller (by one story) than the brownstones on 126th Street:

To zoom in and out yourself, explore this link:

https://public.carto.com/builder/6bb968c2-06ee-4e02-96d3-a912bc7a6da6/embed?state=%7B%22map%22%3A%7B%22ne%22%3A%5B40.741169225973046%2C-74.05136927962305%5D%2C%22sw%22%3A%5B40.83124105725294%2C-73.87833461165428%5D%2C%22center%22%3A%5B40.78622041213587%2C-73.96485194563866%5D%2C%22zoom%22%3A13%7D%7D