It’s Harlem of the future — Bloomberg style

Mayor envisions destinations for tourists, tech geeks and science nerds.  Residents and some pols fear more gentrification.

Is this a scene from the Meatpacking District? No, it’s how the intersection Amsterdam Ave. near W. 125th St. will look within the next decade, according to developer Janus Property Company.

Is this a scene from the Meatpacking District? No, it’s how the intersection Amsterdam Ave. near W. 125th St. will look within the next decade, according to developer Janus Property Company.

A new “Grand Central Station” for Harlem. A biotech center. A jazz museum. A  new home for a national civil rights organization. A massive brewery and  pub.

It’s all part of Mayor Bloomberg’s vision for 125th St. — circa 2025.

The Bloomberg administration hand-picked developers to move into empty  city-owned eyesores in hopes of turning the Main Street of Black America into a  cross between Silicon Valley and Manhattan’s chic Meatpacking District.
The National Urban League has its own vision for a new headquarters at 121 W. 125th St.

The National Urban League has its own vision for a new headquarters at 121 W. 125th St.

Mega-developer Scott Metzner, head of Janus Property Company, beat out 16  competitors in the bidding war for one of the biggest projects — converting the  dilapidated 280,000-square-foot former Taystee Bakery factory into a new-age  home for startups, eateries and shops.

“It’s Harlem’s turn to move into the 21st century,” said Metzner.

Janus is spending around $500 million on 11 buildings between Amsterdam Ave.  and Morningside Ave. — part of an effort to turn west Harlem’s so-called  “Factory District” into a mini-Dumbo.

“For the first time in 100 years this will be an active neighborhood again,”  Metzner said.

The Metro-North station on 125th St. is a mess. The city envisions a “Grand Central Station” for uptown.

The Metro-North station on 125th St. is a mess. The city envisions a “Grand Central Station” for uptown.

The “Factory District” idea came from a 2008 rezoning of the 125th St.  allowing the construction of towering condo and office buildings in lieu of  low-rise mom-and-pop shops.

Then the city’s Economic Development Corporation decided which abandoned  properties could serve as upper Manhattan’s startup meccas.

“Harlem’s growth and evolution will ensure it becomes one of New York City’s  premier destinations for generations to come,” said Economic Development  Corporation President Kyle Kimball. “The arts, culture, science and industrial  sectors of Harlem will continue to thrive.”

The former home of the Taystee Bakery factory on W. 125th St. near Amsterdam Ave. will house tech companies, bio labs, bars and restaurants, the city says.

The former home of the Taystee Bakery factory on W. 125th St. near Amsterdam Ave. will house tech companies, bio labs, bars and restaurants, the city says.

One of the first fruits of the redevelopment effort is Harlem biospace,  opening Nov. 1 after scoring $626,000 in city funds. It’s expected to host about  15 science startups including several budding drug companies.

“It is a tremendously attractive location. There is nothing like it in  Manhattan,” said Columbia University biomedical engineering professor Sam Sia,  who will rent out lab space, and the necessary research equipment, for $995 per  month.

Harlem’s tentative — and glitzy — makeover does have its naysayers.

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Harlem) said the ambitious projects do not  include enough apartments in west Harlem, where the median household income is  $29,000 a year.

“Economic development isn’t beneficial to our community unless it helps  longtime residents, and we’re going to need substantially more affordable  housing,” Espaillat said.

Currently, though, it doesn’t look like much.

Currently, though, it doesn’t look like much.

There is some housing in the larger city plan: The future headquarters of  the National Urban League, for example, will share the building with 60 low-cost  apartments, plus the Museum of the Urban Civil Rights Experience and ample  ground-floor retail.

But it’s the only spot in the sweeping revamp which include cheap places to  live.

Still, the National Jazz Museum is planning to open down the street. And  further east near Park Ave., Community Board 11 and Economic Development  Corporation officials are hoping to transform the decaying Metro-North Railroad  station into the “uptown Grand Central” with hip shops and restaurants.

simonew@nydailynews.com

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