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.
Our neighbor, the National Black Theater, is not only planning to knock down it’s current building and construct a theater+residential building in its place, it’s also worked to redesign its visual presence and to address the issue of what to do with the art in the current building:
NBT houses a diverse art collection that celebrates the indigenous and contemporary expressions of the black diaspora. Signature to our collection is the largest assemblage of New Sacred Art in the Western Hemisphere. This collection was commissioned and created on the premises by a dozentraditional artists from Osogbo, Nigeria: Kasali Akangbe Ogun, Yekini Folorunsho Bolarinwa, Adebisi Akanji, Yekini S. Atanda, Buraimoh Gbadimosi, Muraina Oyelami, Jimoh Buraimoh Gbadamosi, Funsho Bamidele Arowogun Owolabi, Emmanuel Bamidele, Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye, Olabayo Olaniyi and Shegun. To learn more about our artwork or to donate a piece to NBT please reach out by email to [email protected].
NBT has a new text logo for publicity:
And has taken ‘Max’ the ‘Maximum Spirit’ and revamped him for 2021:
And the new buiding:
NBT is embarking on a historic major capital redevelopment project that will transform the current property into a 21st-century destination for Black culture through theatre. This redevelopment project will anchor and recapitalize the institution for an even brighter future with a 250-seat flexible temple space and a 99-seat studio theater.
MMP for 8.2 Million
12 Mount Morris Park West is an original woodwork dream mansion. It’s also on the market for 8.2 million.
The deadline to register to vote is Friday, May 28 and early voting begins on Saturday, June 12. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 15.
Free Concerts in Marcus Garvey Park this Weekend
National Black Theatre is partnering with the New York Philharmonic to bring NY Phil Bandwagon 2 to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem!
NY Phil Bandwagon 2 is a series of four weekend-long festivals across New York City, May 7–30, 2021. Performances will feature Philharmonic musicians and more than 100 New York artists, which span artistic disciplines from reggae, jazz, and opera, to dance, poetry, theatre, film, and visual art. All performances will take place on a customized, mobile, 20-foot shipping container featuring a foldout stage and LED video wall.
The final list of NYC Comptroller Candidates is in: