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Uptown Links: the Facade of a Historic Harlem Townhouse Collapses, and More

The temporary wall at 726 St. Nicholas Avenue.
The temporary wall at 726 St. Nicholas Avenue.

• After the facade of the historic townhouse at 726 St. Nicholas Avenue began to collapse, the city installed a temporary wall to prevent further damage and issued full vacate orders. The building is part of the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Historic District. [Patch]

• The landmarked 555 Edgecombe Avenue—the building where Paul Robeson, Count Basie, Joe Louis and others once lived (it's also home to Marjorie Eliot's free Sunday jazz concerts)—recently sold for $26.7 million, 59% off the 2017 asking price. The new owners plan to "restore the building to its former glory," including the unique stained glass skylight in its lobby. [The Real Deal]

• While Manhattan Community Board 9 looks for funding to help restore the lobby and auditorium of the historic Hamilton Theater at 3560 Broadway and W 146th Street (they'll need about $40 million), students from Columbia's SIPA are asking members of the West Harlem community for their input: If the former theater were to become a performing arts center, what kind of offerings would they like to see? [Columbia University Neighbors]

• East Harlem is getting its first Chipotle at 165-167 E 116th St between Third and Lexington Avenues. It will open sometime this summer. [Patch]

• Fashion legend Andre Leon Talley's memorial at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem was attended by a host of fashion luminaries, including model Naomi Campbell, Vogue's Anna Wintour, and designer Diane von Furstenberg. [New York Times]

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