Every Building on Fifth
Originally named Mount Morris Park, Marcus Garvey Park was renamed in 1973 after the Pan-Africanist movement founder Marcus Garvey, who was a noted early Black Nationalist. Dominated by a vast “berg” (Dutch for hill) of schist, the park was an early lookout for first the Native Americans of the area and then Hessian soldiers during… Continue reading
The first historic district on Fifth Avenue north of 96th Street, the Mount Morris Park Historic District technically only borders two blocks of the avenue despite encompassing 16 blocks overall. Created in 1973 as one of New York City’s earliest historic districts, Mount Morris Park takes its name from the original name for what is… Continue reading
A pair of handsome early 20th century buildings, 1486 & 1488 Fifth Avenue exhibit various Italianate and Beaux Arts details in a suave mishmash characteristic of the period.
A flashy anomaly in the neighborhood, 1485 Fifth Avenue, also known as “Fifth on the Park”, is a 2007 design by FXFOWLE Architects. A highly sculptural ground floor is offset by a red brick approximation of Art Moderne above; the effect is playful if somewhat aggressively so. FXFOWLE Architects’ credits include the mock-deconstructionist 4 Time… Continue reading
1484 Fifth Avenue, like its neighbor to the south, was probably originally a commercial building. The faux stone facing and pointed windows on the first floor were presumably added at some point during its current incarnation as the Mt. Pisgah Turner African Methodist Episcopal Church.