Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood has long been known for its robust musical and cultural heritage. In fact, the famous Savoy Ballroom, one of the first integrated dance halls in the U.S. when it opened in 1926, once made its home on a piece of the 10.5-acre lot where the Savoy Park Apartments now stand. Indeed, the seven-building property is today its own kind of local touchstone.
That historic presence is now in the process of a very modern makeover. Powered by a $365M investment, Fairstead is continuing a comprehensive renovation of the 1,800+ units and common areas, including lobbies and hallways. A full complement of energy and sustainability upgrades — LED lighting, efficient appliances, low-flow fixtures, water-and boiler-monitoring programs — have resulted in a significant reduction in energy usage and the attendant costs. Central air has been installed as has a new gate and enhanced safety measures.
In step with the needs of its community, Fairstead has also committed to a number of social services, providing access to employment opportunities and health and wellness. Curated events — a summer jazz series and an African Dance and Drums event that hark back to the neighborhood’s roots are two examples — are scheduled throughout the year, bringing families and neighbors together.