Every Building on Fifth
A pleasant Beaux Arts building, 1255 Fifth Avenue was built in 1925. The penthouse came later, rather obviously. The building is H-shaped, arranged around a light-well. This is not immediately evident from Fifth Avenue.
One has to stretch a point and call the placid little Harlem Meer a lake for the name of this heap of concrete to make what little sense it does. Arranged as a series of towers that fill its block, Lakeview Apartments has at least the virtue of an unflinching commitment to its style, in… Continue reading
A pleasant water feature of Central Park, the Harlem Meer was not part of the original plans; Vaux & Olmstead’s 1858 design stopped at 106th Street. The Meer was created in the 1860s to drain a belt of swampy country that formed a boundary between New York and the then still-suburban village of Harlem; the… Continue reading
A singularly graceful Italian Renaissance design, the 1927 Terence Cardinal Cooke Center at 1249 Fifth Avenue is here seen from the Conservatory Gardens, partially covered in a restoration’s scaffolding. Once a hospital, it is currently an assisted aid residence for elderly patients.
A cast of German artist Walter Schott’s “Three Dancing Maidens,” the Untermyer Fountain is named after Samuel Untermeyer, a prominent lawyer and civic leader. Donated to Central Park in 1947 by Untermyer’s heirs, the work is typical of the Art Nouveau period in continental Europe. The fountain once stood in a 48-acre formal garden that… Continue reading