Every Building on Fifth

Vacant Lot, SE Corner of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue

125th Street has many architectural high points. The intersection with Fifth Avenue is not one of them.  This vacant lot, while not the only one currently on Fifth Avenue is certainly the oldest such.  Cleared of structures since 1997 and in seeming development limbo, this was once the location of the famed soul food restaurant… Continue reading

Upper Harlem: North of 125th Street

The dividing line between Lower and Upper Harlem, 125th Street has been long considered Harlem’s “Main Street”.  A two-way street, it is the 14th of 15 such in Manhattan.  Lined with imposing buildings in various stages of renovation, 125th Street is also the location of numerous landmarks and centers of African-American theater, culture and art,… Continue reading

2001-2013 Fifth Avenue

Another well-preserved row of brownstones, 2001-2013 Fifth Avenue preserve nearly all of their exterior details and handsome stoops (with the exception of 2013, which has been converted to partial commercial use.)

2004-2008 Fifth Avenue

An extraordinarily well-preserved row of early brownstones dating from the 1860s, 2004-2008 Fifth Avenue were designed by Christian Brand as part of the initial development of Harlem from an independent village into an urban district and predate much of the later rowhouse architecture for which the district is famous. Despite this, they are, amazingly, not… Continue reading

2002 Fifth Avenue

A red brick box with lick-n-stick balconies, 2002 Fifth Avenue is little more than passable hackwork.