144 Fifth Avenue

A survivor from the Avenue’s earliest period, the altered 1851 townhouse at 144 Fifth Avenue preserves original details at its upper floors. A fire escape (rare for Fifth Avenue) bisects the façade and partially obscures the wonderful Aesthetic Movement cast iron panels between the third floor windows that give the building’s full address. The architect… Continue reading

142 Fifth Avenue

Not to be confused with the Los Angeles landmark of the same name, the Bradbury Building at 142 Fifth Avenue is a handsome entry in the Beaux Arts style by Robert Maynicke. The westernmost portion of the building’s site contained a structure at 5 West 19th Street that was built sometime before 1879 and was… Continue reading

141-147 Fifth Avenue

141-147 Fifth Avenue, one of the Ladies’ Mile’s most distinctive buildings, is shown here during a current renovation.  We’ll be revisiting it once it emerges from its cocoon.

Faces on Fifth: Kevin W. Burns at the Forbes Galleries

Currently on display at the stately Forbes Galleries, artist and engineer Kevin W. Burns’ show Fool of Myself is a sly and snappy surprise. A series of color and black-and-white photographs, the folio (Or, as Burns terms it, Foolio) is a satiric yet jaunty look at the idea of creator-as-genius. Currently a mechanical engineering student… Continue reading

140 Fifth Avenue, The Corn Exchange Building

Developed by Henry Corn, the (non-eponymous) Corn Exchange Bank Building at 140 Fifth Avenue is another design by the prolific Robert Maynicke. Built in 1899 and replacing a townhouse with an attached garden, the structure is a fine display of vigorous brickwork, terra-cotta and carved stone.