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
Originally Frawley Circle, Duke Ellington Circle was named after the celebrated composer and musician in 1995. Two years later artist Robert Graham’s rather arresting memorial to Ellington was installed, showing Ellington and his piano aloft on a platform borne up by nine nude caryatids. The Circle marks the boundaries between Harlem and East Harlem and… Continue reading
Housed in a neo-classical building that shares space with offices and a school, El Museo del Barrio (“The Museum of the Neighborhood”, often shortened to “El Museo”) was founded in 1969 and moved to its current location at 1230 Fifth Avenue in 1977. A significant collection of pre-Columbian and traditional Native and Latin American art… Continue reading