Demolition of the buildings in Columbia University's expanded footprint is in full swing. The historic building housing the Hudson Moving & Storage Company (on the National Register of Historic Places - I told you that designation means nothing) is being demolished with only its facade being saved and moved to the company's new location.
Here's a side view. Meanwhile, just around the corner...
627 W. 129th Street has no such half-assed preservation plans.
The gas station seen to the right as well as Tuck-It-Away Storage are the only 2 properties that have not kowtowed to Columbia University and both will likely be taken by eminent domain so that a private school that charges its students tens of thousands of dollars per semester and admits basically no one from the surrounding neighborhood can take over West Harlem. Who needs jobs for the working class? Let's make more room for temporary out-of-towners and gentrify every square inch of the city!
Remember, under Mayor Bloomberg, industrial areas that for the most part employ minorities = "blighted".