NEW YORK | Ray Harlem - National Black Theatre Development | 240 FT | 21 FLOORS

The National Black Theatre, which rescued itself from a potential foreclosure five years ago, is teaming up with L+M Development Partners to redevelop its home a block from Marcus Garvey Park into a mixed-use building with 240 residential units and space for a new, 30,000-square-foot theater.
The current rezoning application is awaiting a vote by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office after the local community board approved it last month. The proposed 20-story building on the site at 2031-2033 Fifth Avenue at the corner of 125th Street would span 241,677 square feet and include roughly 25,000 square feet of retail. Under the city’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, the partners would set aside 20, 25 or 30 percent of the units as affordable housing, though they haven’t yet decided on which option to take.




Building site, May 2022 (CityRealty)


National Black Theatre (NBT) announced today it has begun construction on the long-awaited, state-of-the-art, permanent home for the venerable Harlem institution at the intersection of 125thStreet and Fifth Avenue. The 21-story project is being developed in partnership with LMXD and RAY. In addition to NBT’s multi-floor space, the plans will include 222 units of mixed-income apartments and substantial commercial space along 125th Street, as well as a multi-purpose communal living room open to the community. This project will ensure that the longest-running Black theater in New York City continues to serve as a vital resource for artists and entrepreneurs, and for the production of work that is rooted in the imagination of contemporary Black voices, challenging the mainstream.