1280 Fifth Avenue

1280 Fifth Avenue

An oddly desultory design by the offices of Robert A. M. Stern, 1280 Fifth Avenue, also known as One Museum Mile, was the first major building on a Central-Park-facing block since the 1970s.  An uninteresting PoMo exercise it was also intended to be the location of the Museum of African Art, (not to be confused… Continue reading

1274 Fifth Avenue

1274 Fifth Avenue

Anywhere else, 1274 Fifth Avenue might be seen as a drab little nothing of a building; standing next to 1720 Fifth Avenue, it seems a gem of proportions and detailing. It is the only Fifth Avenue building facing Central Park to sport a fire escape on the façade.

1270 Fifth Avenue

1270 Fifth Avenue

Despite the urge to simply dismiss this beige box as the ugliest apartment building fronting Central Park, 1270 Fifth Avenue is actually historically notable for being the first middle-income co-op apartment building constructed in Manhattan under Section 213 of the National Housing Act, which authorized Government-insured loans to private developers of co-operative housing.  The act… Continue reading

1250 Fifth Avenue, Lakeview Apartments

1270 Fifth Apartment

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

1215 Fifth Avenue, Brisbane House

1215 Fifth Avenue

The northernmost of the truly grand Fifth Avenue apartment buildings, 1215 Fifth Avenue is also known as Brisbane House, after Arthur Brisbane, the Hearst Organization editor whose memorial stands across the street a few blocks down on the Central Park side.  A decidedly eclectic figure, Brisbane also had a role in the development of the… Continue reading

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