980 Fifth Avenue

Erected in 1966, 980 Fifth Avenue replaced the Isaac Brokaw Mansion, a substantial if unimaginative chateau, with a building that historian Andrew S. Dolkart called “excruciatingly banal”.  Andrew Alpern’s estimation was even more withering: in his book “New York’s Fabulous Luxury Apartment Houses”, he opined of 990 Fifth Avenue that “all that has remained of… Continue reading

969 Fifth Avenue

A pleasant if rather pedestrian building, 969 Fifth Avenue was designed in 1926 by Joseph L. Raimist and represents the then newly accepted idea that a New York City apartment was less one’s primary place of residence and more a seasonal pied-a-terre.  A Renaissance Revival pastiche, the building rises from a very narrow lot, giving… Continue reading

965 Fifth Avenue

965 Fifth Avenue was designed by Irving Magnon, best known as co-designer of the far more elaborate El Dorado apartment house on Central Park West.  This relatively stark building replaced the Jacob Schiff Mansion in 1938.

960 Fifth Avenue

A handsome edifice co-designed by Warren & Wetmore and Rosario Candela, 960 Fifth Avenue was completed in 1927 and replaced the infamous Clark Mansion, easily the city’s most over-the-top private residence.  In place of the mansion’s much-ridiculed Baroque frills, 960 Fifth Avenue’s sedate exterior cloaks a series of apartments noted for their grandeur and individuality… Continue reading

953 Fifth Avenue

Another “stretched” townhouse in appearance, 953 Fifth Avenue is a Beaux Arts sliver containing only half a dozen apartments and was designed by Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, who also maintained a duplex here for himself and his wife. A society architect who also wrote the six-volume history The Iconography of Manhattan, Stokes was one of… Continue reading