Harlem Renaissance Site to Become Luxury Digs

The Renaissance Ballroom site in northern Harlem is going to become a mixed-use development with more than 130 residential units, 17,500 square feet of retail space, and 20,580 square feet of community facility space.

Abyssinian Development Corporation, the real estate arm of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, sold the site at 138 Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard to BRP Development Corporation for $10 million in May, according to city records on Property Shark.

The now-derelict two-story ballroom was built in 1922. It was the home court for the New York Renaissance Big Five, the first black-owned professional basketball team, according to