Harlem bakery will return with even ‘Tayste-er’ delights
Upper west siders are in for a treat if city officials approve a rezoning plan to allow construction on the now vacant space where neighborhood favorite, Taystee Bakery, used to reside. In today’s paper, Sinclair Target and Rebecca Deczynski gave us the insight on the latest addition to Harlem’s culinary world.
The plan is to construct the Taystee Building where commercial vendors such as Taystee Bakery, Harlem Brewing Company, and HerFlan will reside in the hopes of pumping up West Harlem’s economy.
The site, which is at 125th and 126th streets between Amsterdam and Morningside Avenues, would be redeveloped by Janus Property Company and Monadnock Construction, hopefully for a July 2013 construction date.
Scott Metzner, the president of Janus, and Kirk Goodrich, director of development at Monadnock, both insist this building will be “in and of the community,” to “see a surge of economic revitalization.”
Local historian Michael Henry Adams claims this building will go against attempts to preserve old buildings in the neighborhood:
“Something more sensitive that’s more responsive to community needs, and that’s less concerned about maximizing the profit potential, ought to be considered,” Adams said. He added that the Taystee site reflects the industrial heritage of New York, and “when they’re gone, they’ll be gone forever.”
Though the project is still awaiting approval from City Council due to zoning regulations, Goodrich is “confident we can do anything.”
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