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Stephen G. Kliegerman

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New York Times

More People More Stuff To Buy


Tina Fineberg for The New York Times
LUXURY CONDOS The Langston, at Bradhurst Avenue in Harlem Heights, will also include retail space.

By CLAIRE WILSON

THE arrival this summer of a Starbucks and a New York Sports Clubs fitness center will round off the amenities in a condominium that its creators are heralding as the first luxury doorman building to open its doors in Harlem Heights. In a neighborhood best known for restored brownstones, the 10-story 180-unit structure makes its presence felt.

Called the Langston, after the poet Langston Hughes, the building at 68 Bradhurst Avenue between 145th and 146th Streets will have a doorman, valet service, valet parking and 24-hour concierge service when the first residents start to move in this spring.

There is still one more 14,000-square-foot retail space to fill, and David Picket, president of the Gotham Organization, which built the Langston in partnership with the Richman Group, says he is hoping to get a home-furnishings-related chain to take the space.

“Something like a Janovic Plaza or a Door Store,” said Mr. Picket, whose company was the developer of the successful Harlem USA complex on 125th Street.

The Starbucks and the sports club are the latest in a series of newcomers bringing services to an area whose residential population is growing in number and economic clout. A Duane Reade store and a Pathmark supermarket have come into the mix on West 145th Street, the main commercial drag serving the area.

Banks that have opened include Chase, Washington Mutual and Carver Federal Savings Bank, with a Bank of America branch being added this summer. Small restaurants and art galleries like the Sugarhill Java & Tea Lounge on West 145th Street and the Simmons Gallery on Edgecombe Avenue are two of a number of independently owned businesses also popping up in response to the increased population.

The fitness center in the Langston will measure 16,000 square feet, which is small for the chain. But John Epifanio, development manager for Town Sports International, parent company of New York Sports Clubs, believes the neighborhood has turned a corner. According to Mr. Epifanio, the company moves only into areas that it thinks will come around in a few years, and this part of Harlem is already almost there.

“We are hitting it pretty close to being right,” he said.

The Langston is the third new residential building in the immediate neighborhood in two years. At 145th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the Bradhurst Carriage House Lofts, with eight condominiums priced from $890,000 to $1.295 million, went on the market last spring, and in 2005 the Related Companies completed a 128-unit subsidized building at 300 West 145th Street that is fully occupied. Three years before that, the Gotham Organization and the Richman Group opened the Hamilton, 77 units of moderate-income housing opposite the Langston on Bradhurst Avenue.

The Langston has 180 two- and three-bedroom apartments, each with two baths, and 13 three-bedroom, two-bath duplex penthouses with 1,165 square feet of terrace. Two-thirds of its units were reserved for qualifying moderate-income buyers when they went on the market last summer, and all of those have been sold.

According to Mr. Picket of the Gotham Organization, the 30 units still available include a two-bedroom unit for $630,000 and a penthouse listed at $995,000. It has views of Yankee Stadium.

Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company

Sunday, March 25, 2007