Harlem neighborhood nuisance revival falls through again

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E. 126th St. former charity home has been taken over by vagrants and rats. Church group pulls out of renovation plan.

The latest plans to fix what residents of one block in East Harlem call the “nightmare” neighbor have fallen through — again.

Two philanthropic community organizations had big plans for the derelict, long-abandoned brownstone on E. 126th St., but the property owners got cold feet, and the dwelling became home only to rats and vagrants.

“It’s boarded up, but people are squatting in it,” said Giselle Allard, a Harlem businesswoman who owns property next to the 52 E. 126th St. eyesore. “It’s become a haven for prostitution and drug addicts.”

Allard put up a fence, covered her door in razor wire and installed cameras after the neighboring vagrants broke into her property.

Property records show a troubled history at the 32-unit boarded up blight.

Built in the Gilded Age…

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