HARLEM — Uptown’s first and only dedicated LGBT Center is expected to open next month in Harlem — where it can begin to provide services while awaiting its permanent home.
The center will open in an interim location at 115 East 115th St. in February, allowing groups to be able to use it to host regular meetings, small events, and plan larger gatherings while awaiting its permanent space.
Its future home will be on the ground floor of a 300-unit development set to replace a string of vacant row houses on 124th street between Eighth and Ninth avenues. Construction on that project is expected to finish in two years, according to Edward Poteat, the president of Carthage Advisors.
"This project is huge,” said Brian Benjamin, chair of Community Board 10's land use committee. “I think we should all feel like we are part of history here. This is the kind of development we want to see in Harlem.”