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MiMA Has Elevator Issues; New Affordable Housing in Harlem

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The lobby of MiMA, photo by Will Femia

MIDTOWN?The 23rd floor of MiMA seems like a great place to host a fireworks-viewing 4th of July party, but perhaps not when the elevators go out. A tipster sent word that yesterday, the building only had one of five elevators running, and only five people were allowed in at a time. After that elevator went out, visitors were directed to the freight elevator, still with the five person limit. "In short, I wound up walking up 26 flights to my friends apartment," says our tipster. "Glad I quit smoking. If I live in a 23-story walkup building I would want some sort of rent concession." There were still issues when he headed out. "At the ground floor, there were guys from Otis elevator scurrying around like rats. I overheard one say this was going to be a few days." [Curbedwire Inbox]

HARLEM? The El Barrio Artspace affordable housing is moving forward, as the development recently received $52.2 million in construction financing. The project will bring 90 affordable units and a 13,000-square-foot community center to Harlem in the old P.S. 109, an abandoned Gothic-style mansion on East 99th Street. [Curbedwire Inbox; previously]


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