An attractive addition to the neighborhood, 1429 Fifth Avenue was constructed in 2004, replacing a vacant lot next to 1421 Fifth Avenue. Containing 43 apartments, this is technically the northernmost building on Fifth Avenue located within East Harlem proper; the blocks to the north are considered part of the Mount Morris district.
Built in 1911, 1421 Fifth Avenue is the first church on Fifth north of 110th Street and was at the time of its completion known as the Mt. Morris Theatre – the only theater on Fifth Avenue. Designed by Hoppen & Koen, a firm best known in New York for the monumental Police Headquarters in… Continue reading
A trio of Edwardian survivors stand at 1411, 1413 and 1415 Fifth Avenue; 1411 is under renovation; 1413’s handsome cornice has recently been restored; while the most distinguished (and most ramshackle) of the three, 1415, still malingers. Here’s hoping its brownstone-trimmed corner turret comes back to new life in the near future.
The Senator Robert A. Taft Houses face the Martin Luther King Houses over Fifth Avenue for a three-block stretch between 1345 and 1395 Fifth Avenue. Constructed in 1964 as low-income housing, they may appear bleak to contemporary eyes but have provided homes to generations of New Yorkers since their completion. DeYoung, Moskowitz & Rosenberg were… Continue reading
Fifth Avenue serves as a spine separating East Harlem from Harlem proper between 110th and 125th Streets. Harlem is the great repository of New York’s African American cultural life while East Harlem is Manhattan’s historic Latin American center, its vibrant presence showcased on Fifth by El Museo del Barrio, some blocks south. Further north the… Continue reading