New York Daily News calls Harlem’s coming Urban League Empowerment Center an “urban treasure”:
The first civil rights museum in New York City will rise on 125th St. as part of a mega-development project set to break ground in 2015.
Last week, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo announced the first details of a landmark project to transform an underutilized area in the heart of Harlem into the Urban League Empowerment Center, a hub for arts, culture, retail and community use. The project, which was approved by the Empire State Development Board of Directors, will be led by the Hudson Companies, BRP Development Corporation and the National Urban League and will transform a currently underutilized 42,000-square-foot swath of property, located on 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard, into the Urban League Empowerment Center.
Once complete, this center will include New York State’s first-ever civil rights museum, as well as the new national headquarters for the National Urban League, a state-of-the-art conference center, and space dedicated to housing, retail and public parking. The Center is a key piece of Harlem’s ongoing renaissance providing neighborhood and cultural amenities, and will create jobs and economic activity in the area. Find out more.