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January 19, 2005


NEW YORK, January 19, 2005 – How is unprecedented development affecting Harlem?  “Changing Streetscapes: New Architecture and Open Space in Harlem,” a new exhibit produced by the City College Library in collaboration with the City College Architectural Center, lets people see the changes taking place and decide for themselves.  It will be on display from February through April in the Cohen Library Atrium at The City College of New York (CCNY).

“We want to show the impact that change has brought to Harlem’s streetscapes by visually documenting what was, what is and what is to be at key neighborhood locations,” said Judy Connorton, CCNY Architecture Librarian.  She and reference librarian William Gibbons are two of the curators of the exhibit. 

Through aerial and street-level photography, architects’ renderings, brochures and other visuals, the exhibit examines changes in five main areas: commercial, housing, cultural, institutional and landscape projects.  “This is a first in bringing together the full breadth of recent projects in Harlem,” noted Ethan Cohen, Director of the Architecture Center and the exhibit’s third curator.

“This exhibit will become an archive that will be invaluable to students as well as members of the community wanting to see how development is reshaping the place where they live and work,” added Pamela Gillespie, CCNY Assistant Dean and Chief Librarian.

The exhibit highlights projects that have appeared within the past 10 years as well as those under construction or on the drawing board.  For example, the commercial section examines several projects along 125th Street, including Harlem Center, Harlem USA and the Gateway Center, that have attracted national retailers such as H&M, Marshalls and Old Navy into the community.  The residential section depicts how rehabilitation of abandoned apartment houses has revitalized 145th Street.

Other recently completed projects in the exhibit include: 1400 Fifth Avenue (townhouses and condominiums), The Renaissance (co-ops and retail space, Lenox Avenue), Shabazz Gardens (townhouses, rentals and three-family homes, 117th Street), Harlem Health Center (125th Street), Thurgood Marshall Academy (high school, 135th Street) and Harlem Children’s Zone (community services and school, 125th Street).

Featured projects planned or under construction include: East River Plaza (retail complex, FDR Drive), Uptown NY, (retail complex, 125th Street), Corn Exchange Bank Building (restoration of historic property, 125th Street), Harlem Auto Mall (127th Street), The Khalahari Condominium (116th Street), Bradhurst Court (co-ops and supermarket, 145th Street), the Studio Museum of Harlem (125th Street), Columbia University’s proposed Manhattanville campus and the new dormitory and architecture school to be built at City College.

About The City College of New York

For over 156 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. 

The Cohen Library is located on the second floor of the North Academic Center Building at 138th St. and Convent Ave.