995 Fifth Avenue, The Stanhope

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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

838 Fifth Avenue

838 Fifth Avenue

Completed in 1950 to designs by Harry M. Prince, 838 Fifth Avenue was originally the offices of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.  A sensitive and understated design, it is the only office building on Fifth Avenue between 59th and 100th Streets. in 1999 the building was converted to condos by the firm of Beyer… Continue reading

651 Fifth Avenue, Cartier’s, The Morton Plant Mansion

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The largest mansions left intact on Fifth Avenue south of Central Park and one of the grandest of its type ever constructed, the Morton Plant Mansion at 651 Fifth Avenue was designed by the British-born Robert W. Gibson, best known as an ecclesiastical architect whose other major New York City work  is the astonishing Church… Continue reading

234 Fifth Avenue

234 Fifth Avenue

Although 234 Fifth’s architectural style is listed as “Art Deco” in the Madison Square North Historic District’s designation report, it could also be called a (much understated) example of “Secessionism”, an early form of Modernism with its roots in Austrian and German Art Nouveau.  The unassuming but pleasant building is made up of two 19th… Continue reading

233 Fifth Avenue, The Museum of Sex

233 Fifth Avenue, The Museum of Sex

A tatty and nearly unrecognizable survivor from the brownstone era, 233 Fifth Avenue now houses New York’s Museum of Sex.  The museum had planned to demolish the building and replace it with a new electronically-lit façade that would “blush” different shades of pink.  The extension of the final boundaries of the Madison Square North Historic District… Continue reading

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