They’re calling him a “kook” disturbing the peace, but Michel Maddie claims the “Taj Maharlem” is a spiritual center and B & B that’s meant to “elevate through arts, spirituality, and education.” Oh yes, there is yoga, magic, flamenco classes and “organic delights” from the garden, and you can even rent the one available room for $2,000 a night! Temple M (the official name) is Madie-described as a “soul elevator” which by the sound (and looks) of things reminds us of a creepy/cozy den of drumming and hippie trip outs one would normally find in the village, but run by a super rico real estate magnate. We totally want to go!
Quaint it is not, the $12 million triplex “healing center” is tucked far up on West 141st Street in Harlem, where neighbors are buggered about music blasting at all hours and hoping the city will take action on Madie’s permit-less parties. And parties there are indeed. The spot only opened this summer and has already seen two weeks of theater festivals, jazz, and spoken-word events in May, flamenco/paella night in June and belly dancing planned for later this month. All events for which he is accepting donations of course ($25 suggested is what we hear, though it seems to vary).
Says the Post: “The Department of Buildings issued two violations to Madie in June for holding theater events in a residential district, and for failing to obtain an updated certificate of occupancy.”
“My function in life is healing. The essence of Temple M is esoteric and ecumenical,” Madie said. “I’m giving my heart to the neighborhood.”
Unfortunately for Michel, the multi-occupational* 51-year-old Frenchman by way of Corsica, New York City permits are pretty much set in stone, and the “neighborhood” is more or less thirsty for his blood.
*(resume boasts astrologer, psychic, semiprofessional tango and flamenco dancer, photographer, cook, former model and actor, and veterinarian)