Harlem is making a strong push to increase the number of historically designated and protected areas uptown to bring it more in line with the rest of Manhattan. Community Board 10 voted to approve a comprehensive preservation plan to prepare buildings and blocks for landmarking, according to DNAinfo. Currently only 3.6% of Central Harlem is protected by landmark designations, versus 26% for the nearby Upper West Side. The recently approved plan includes enough candidates for nine separate historic districts in the area.
· Astor Row at 130th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues—in order to landmark the brownstones facing the already protected semi-attached homes across the street
· West 147th-149th Streets, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard—a cohesive group of buildings with white limestone and beige brick upper floors
· 130th-133rd Streets between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard—190 homes built in the late 19th century are one of the first examples of a row house neighborhood built in upper Manhattan
· The extension of Striver's Row from as far south as 135th Street to 140th Street
The plan also calls for the designation of Rucker Park with its famous basketball courts as a scenic landmark. The ambitious preservation proposal has been sent to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and elected officials to gather support.
· Central Harlem Landmark Plan to Push for New Historic Districts [DNAinfo]
· Preservation Watch coverage [Curbed]