The National Black Theatre’s site will look very, very different by 2024 when the new building is expected to be finished.
The NBT will occupy the first four floors of the building with over 200 residential units above. The architect, Frida Escobedo is working with Handel Architects who is behind the Sendero Verde project (currently being built between Madison/Park and 111/112 in East Harlem).
The ground floor of the new NBT building will be a “community gathering space”.
The building will total 21 stories and be called “The Ray”, with mostly studios, one and two bedrooms, home office and junior bedroom options, flexible spaces, and some affordable units.
The developer has indicated they would also incorporate an Artist Housing Initiative with housing for local artists and creatives. The rooftop will include a community kitchen and terrace.
Ray Harlem will be located at 2033 National Black Theatre Way on Fifth Avenue between125/126th Streets.
Commander John J. Shea Memorial Building
Commander John J. Shea won, posthumously, the Navy Cross:
Commander Shea is also memorialized in a building on East 111th Street
Which was built in 1943, and whose cornerstone was designed to look like the posthumous navy cross medal that Commander Shea was awarded.