Madison Plaza

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1825 Madison Avenue, New York City, NY

Madison Plaza

The beige brick of Madison Plaza
Building Information
Number of Units 92
Number of Floors 9
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Concrete
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1825 Madison Avenue, NY, United States
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R7-2
Title of Land Cooperative



Madison Plaza is located in Harlem, where the mere mention of that name evokes thoughts of good food, perhaps some jazz music, and a neighborhood filled with history. Madison Plaza is in the midst of it just one and a half short blocks from Marcus Garvey Memorial Park and about a 10 minute walk from Central Park.

Harlem, in 1920, looking northeast up 7th Avenue near 138th Street

Harlem is the anglicized version of the the old Dutch name, Haarlem, a municipality in the Netherlands that was granted "city" status in the year 1245. It's speculated that the name probably comes from "Haarlo-heim", composed of three elements - Harr, lo, and hiem. There is little dispute that lo and hiem mean "forest" and "home", respectively, but the term "haar" might have several meanings. One such meaning could refer to Haarlem's location on an elevated sand dune giving rise to, "home on a forested dune".[1]

Well, there's little doubt that there are no forests in Harlem nor are there any sand dunes, but it is 'home' to lots of people.

It is also metaphorically home to a wide variety of arts and culture. the 1920s and 1930s saw the dawn of the 'Harlem Renaissance", known at the time as the "New Negro Movement". It was an outpouring of new African-American cultural expressions with many of its ideas living on until today.

To this day, influences out of Harlem to drama, music, dance, and literature are felt around the world. The turmoil of the past, while Harlem was establishing its character, has receded. Today, it is a vibrant community steeped in history and a sought after location in which to live.


Central Harlem, administered by the Manhattan Community Board No. 10, is bordered roughly by Central Park on the south, Fifth Avenue on the east, Morningside Park to the west, and the Harlem River to the north.

The location is central to public transportation. The no. 6 subway line at 116th Street and Lexington Avenue the No. 2 and 3 lines at Lenox and 116th, are about the same distance apart. The M1 bus stops in front of the building.

Many restaurant choices are in the neighborhood, from familiar franchise outlets, to eclectic cuisines from other parts of the world - dozens of options within a quarter of a mile. However, residents may need to invest in home espresso machine as the nearest "designer coffee" shop is over a third of a mile away.

But groceries are in ample supply and within a tenth of a mile. There's an African market, a market that touts gourmet items, and even a place for party supplies.

This neighborhood caters to families. That must be why there are over 30 schools within a half mile of Madison Plaza, from Montessori to tech schools; the list is extensive.[2]


Madison Plaza was ready for occupancy in 2004. It is a 9 story cooperative building with 92 units that extends most of the block along Madison Avenue.

The recessed windows of the Juliet balconies among the beige brick

Some retail space is available on the ground level demarcated with a stone finish on the store frontage. A beige brick extends the rest of the height of the building where the residences are. Provisions are in place for discreet air conditioning units and some of the street side suites have tiny Juliet style balconies accessed by slightly recessed sliding doors and pivoting windows. Larger more functional balconies exist for other suites on the building.

The windows of the rooms alongside the balcony rooms are smaller and are accented with light colored stone strips. The stone motif of the retail frontage is resumed at the roof level with broad sections highlighting the 'cut-out' setbacks and the higher roof of the building. There are several promontories that jut straight up even with the main façade giving the structure a fort-like appearance, prominent yet not too imposing.

The spacious attended lobby is tiled and reaches double height showing a glass railed cut-out of the second level landing for the elevators.

Layout and Features

Residents of Madison Plaza, referred to as "share holders" by the cooperative board, are met by the doorman on duty around the clock. The superintendent lives in the building to attend to any resident issues immediately.

Residents may enjoy the planted garden in the courtyard after they've stored their bikes in the lockup of the building or have used the fitness facility. The courtyard area also has a grill for resident use.

Suites range in configuration from one bedroom to three bedroom units and sem to be reasonably priced for a Manhattan home. Accepted buyers usually have to be within an income cap of $192,000 for the household, but some deals are made allowing the income cap the be up to $214,750 per year.[3]

Floor Plans

Fewer than 20 floor plans are published. Here are some samples:


  • Full time doorman
  • Security guard
  • Basement storage
  • Garden
  • Washer and dryer in building
  • Fitness center
  • Common courtyard
  • Garage
  • Meeting room
  • Private storage
  • Exercise room


Madison Plaza Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pet friendly
  • Yes to rentals
  • No restriction on age but the building has a $192,000 income cap


The United States Green Building Council organization lists nearly 42,000 projects that are either LEED Certified or are in the process of certification. Madison Plaza is not listed at his time.

However, as a newer building, Madison Plaza will have installed several "green" initiatives through the course of the development. For instance, the simple addition of a room to store bicycles encourages share holders to lead a more active lifestyle through the use of a bicycle rather than a car or transit. If transit is required, stops are right out front of the building, again lessening the dependence on a car, both actions benefiting the environment.

Energy efficient appliances have been installed in the development and individually controlled HVAC also contributes. New York City's extensive recycling programs reduces the strain on land fills. Windows in the structure are dual glazed sealed and insulated units reducing the need for radical temperature adjustments within the living environment.


  • Harlem has a storied and varied history dating back to 1658 when the Dutch first settled there. At that time, it was Nieuw Haarlem after the City of Haarlem in the Netherlands. New and better forms of transportation after the Civil War transformed Harlem into a middle and upper class area of Manhattan. Commercial, religious, and educational institutions sprang up to serve the growing population.[4]
One of the streets of Harlem, today
  • Here are some more random highlights from Harlem's iconic history:
    • In the 1890s, further improvements to transportation led to another wave of real estate speculation. That speculative bubble burst around 1904, about the same time that the Lenox Avenue subway opened at 145th Street. Residential construction increased and there were extensive vacancies and over inflated rents. Philip Payton, a black business man, started the Afro-American Realty Company and acquired five-year leases from the white-owned properties. He rented them to Afro-Americans at ten percent above the deflated price and the black migration to Harlem began.
    • By 1925, however, the boom began to wane and deteriorated up to 1939.
    • Large city foreclosures of the 1970s caused about 1,000 buildings in Central Harlem to come under the ownership of the City of New York, and they stood vacant.
    • The city has become sensitive to the historic culture of Harlem and has recognized the architectural integrity of the row-house communities and religious and public buildings with landmark status.
    • Today, Harlem experiences a gourmet renaissance with restaurants opening everywhere. The area was formerly rampant with crime, but between 1990 and 2008, the total number of crime complaints have dropped 73%.[5]


  1. Wikipedia - Haarlem, Netherlands
  2. Walk Score
  3. Street Easy
  4. Department of Housing Preservation & Development
  5. Wikipedia - Central Harlem

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