969 Fifth Avenue

A pleasant if rather pedestrian building, 969 Fifth Avenue was designed in 1926 by Joseph L. Raimist and represents the then newly accepted idea that a New York City apartment was less one’s primary place of residence and more a seasonal pied-a-terre.  A Renaissance Revival pastiche, the building rises from a very narrow lot, giving it the appearance from the avenue of a “stretched” townhouse.  For all that, 969 Fifth Avenue is a very desirable address, as it contains only 12 apartments and, due to the adjacency of the Cook Block (more on which later), has excellent views from the East 78th Street façade.

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