Every Building on Fifth
2081-2087 Fifth Avenue are a quartet of brownstones developed, like the houses across the street at 2080-2084 as a unified row. The first of the row has been sadly mutilated but the northern three are intact and display excellent Neo-Grec/Italianate detailing.
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
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, 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 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