Save Harlem's historic "Lenox Terrrace"!

Save Harlem's historic "Lenox Terrrace"!

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The LENOX TERRACE (THE TERRACE) is an historic and iconic housing complex within the Harlem community whose original design must be protected from over-development. 
Lenox Terrace’s original design was conceived by Dr. Godfrey Nurse, a successful African American physician, who subsequently secured the 15 acres comprising the development. It was designed based on the Le Corbusier -"Tower in the Park" - style architecture. Under the proposed redevelopment plan, this well-planned residential neighborhood in Central Harlem will be strangled by an impermeable phalanx of commercial structures and dwarfed by five residential towers, comprising 1642 new apartments.
IT IS A BRIDGE TOO FAR!!
The development encompasses 66 w. 133rd Street, where, in 1905, Philip Payton and his company, The Afro-American Realty Company, almost single-handedly facilitated the migration of blacks from the south and the Caribbean. It also encompasses 56 West 135th where Marcus Garvey began exhorting Blacks in this country to rise up!
The litany of movers and shakers comprising this storied neighborhood is a virtual who's who of Black America, who have collectively shaped and molded the "larger society" in critical ways. A partial listing of some of its more stellar residents (in no particular order) includes Mom's Mabley, Nipsey Russel, Mahalia Jackson, Ruth Brown, Anna Hedgeman, Cal Ramsey, Bro. Jack McDuff, Livingston Wingate, Cecil Layne, Percy E. Sutton, Ella Baker, Basil Paterson, Charles B. Rangel, Charles Mingus, Leon Thomas, Bruce McMarion Wright, Wayne Shorter, as well as ne'er do wells Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson and "Mr. Untouchable" Nicky Barnes.
The well-designed, historic community of LENOX TERRACE and its surroundings will be absolutely defiled by the proposed redevelopment. While sensible, well-considered expansion is both necessary and inevitable, the proposed expansion is outsized and will subsume and obliterate a thriving historical community. It will obliterate the "paths of promise" that were so vital to the surrounding areas. The Olnick Corporation's greed has clearly taken precedence over common sense in the most recent iteration of the plan, which totally runs roughshod over an established iconic, architecturally significant and historic community. 
The current form factor of Lenox Terrace should be preserved and not defiled. We, therefore, respectfully submit that all parties involved in NYC planning should deny the impending proposal for rezoning in Harlem and strongly consider landmarking "The Terrace!"
 
 

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