1050 Fifth Avenue

A gold-beige brick post-war building completed in 1960 to designs by Wechsler & Schimenti, 1050 Fifth Avenue shows some vigorous modeling at the upper stories.  A fountain graces the handsome lobby.

998 Fifth Avenue

The apartment building that started the shift away from single homes on Fifth Avenue, 998 Fifth Avenue was not the first nor the largest luxury apartment house in New York when it was constructed in 1910-1912 (the far larger Dakota Apartments on Central Park West was completed in 1883) but it was the first to… Continue reading

995 Fifth Avenue, The Stanhope

Constructed in 1926 as the Stanhope Hotel to designs by Rosario Candela, 995 Fifth Avenue was the only hotel on Fifth Avenue north of the Pierre at 62nd Street.  Its location directly across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art made it a popular place for lunch among the city’s museum-goers and its cabaret performances were… Continue reading

988 Fifth Avenue

Containing only a dozen apartments, 988 Fifth Avenue is another high-quality design by J.E.R. Carpenter.  Inspired by Italian Renaissance palazzos, the building was completed in 1926.

985 Fifth Avenue

Often mistaken for a wing of 980 Fifth Avenue, 985 Fifth Avenue shares its more controversial neighbor’s setback but seems more deserving of the “excruciatingly banal” epithet. The unusual sculpture in front (pictured above) is by Priscilla Kapel and is titled “The Castle”. The work might be intended as an ironic take on the Gothic… Continue reading