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Efforts To Save Harlem's Renaissance Ballroom Were Fruitless

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The 4,500 signatures on the petition to save Harlem's Renaissance Ballroom were not enough; a Harlem Bespoke tipster sends news by way of pictures that the historic jazz club and casino has succumb to the wrecking ball. It looks like the roof has been partially razed and two excavators wait on site. In its place will rise a close historical recreation building that will "honor the historic structure" (in few ways perceivable to the human eye) with "bricks that are the same sizes and colors of the original, diamond mosaics at the top of the second floor and a brick band crowning the building." Right, because new apartments can be compared to culturally significant, albeit 30 years abandoned neighborhood institutions. On to the next one.

· Demolition Begins at The Renny [HB]
· Redesigned Renaissance Ballroom Honors History, Sort of [Curbed]
· All Renaissance Ballroom coverage [Curbed]