1009 Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue’s most aggressive surviving mansion, 1009 Fifth Avenue was built as one of a quartet of similar homes (the two others that also fronted Fifth were removed for the construction of 1001 Fifth Avenue).  A frankly speculative project, the heaping of details by architects Welch, Smith & Provot strain against the boundaries of good… Continue reading

1001 Fifth Avenue

A postmodern design by Johnson & Burgee, 1001 Fifth Avenue was widely criticized when completed in 1979 for its “billboard” façade and “sliced-off Tootsie Roll” fenestration (the latter crack coming from The New York Times’ architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable).  As a forerunner of the later and more celebrated AT&T Building by the same firm,… Continue reading

1000 Fifth Avenue, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1000 Fifth Avenue is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the largest art museums in the world.  Holding an incomparable encyclopedic collection that spans thousands of years and includes work from every continent save Antarctica it may be the most comprehensive collection of art… Continue reading

The Museum Mile & Carnegie Hill

Actually several blocks over a mile, The Museum Mile is the stretch of Fifth Avenue that commences with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and concludes at 110th Street at the northeast corner of Central Park.  Mostly part of the Upper East Side Historic District and serving as the western border of the neighborhood known as… Continue reading

998 Fifth Avenue

The apartment building that started the shift away from single homes on Fifth Avenue, 998 Fifth Avenue was not the first nor the largest luxury apartment house in New York when it was constructed in 1910-1912 (the far larger Dakota Apartments on Central Park West was completed in 1883) but it was the first to… Continue reading