2080-2084 Fifth Avenue

2080-2084 Fifth Avenue are a trio of brownstones developed as a single row.  They presumably would have included the now-demolished Collyer House at the corner, and whatever stood at what is at present a vacant lot at 2086 Fifth Avenue.  At some point 2080 and 2084 gained mansard roofs; 2084 also gained a rather unfortunate… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: 15 and 17 East 128th Street

15 and 17 East 128th Street are a charming pair of neighbors, with the former’s Italianate detailing a catalogue of Neo-Grec effects and the latter surviving as one of New York’s earliest surviving houses in the French Second Empire style.

2077 Fifth Avenue, The St. Claire

2077 Fifth Avenue, also known as the St. Claire, is a recently constructed condominium residence.  As such, it is an non-committal addition to the streetscape.

Collyer Brothers Park, West 128th Street & Fifth Avenue

Collyer Brothers Park occupies the former site of the Collyer House, occupied by the eccentric and reclusive Collyer Brothers, Homer and Langley, who made headlines in 1947 when an anonymous phone call reported a dead body at the site.  Police found the bed-ridden Homer dead of starvation and – three weeks later – Langley’s body… Continue reading

2-4 East 128th Street

2-4 East 128th Street has the detailing and overall “feel” of a traditional brownstone house, although it was constructed as a multi-family dwelling.