10 West 138th Street, Chauncy Hooper Towers

Chauncy Hooper Towers at 10 West 138th Street commemorates the WWII Commander of the 369th Coast Artillery Regiment, an all-African-American troop, the majority of whom were from Harlem.  Stationed in Hawaii during WWII, the unit was given the nickname “Hooper’s Troopers”.  During the postwar period, Commander Hooper held numerous senior positions in New York City… Continue reading

2 West 129th Street

2 West 129th Street incorporates a corner bay into a standard Beaux Arts design of the period similar to that two blocks south at West 127th Street.  It is one of the relatively few mixed-use buildings on this stretch of Fifth.

2 East 129th Street

2 East 129th Street is a solidly constructed but rather surprisingly plodding block of drab brick that lacks even the residual glamour of a Fifth Avenue address.  Planting ivy might help – and might in fact have been the builder’s original idea.

2077 Fifth Avenue, The St. Claire

2077 Fifth Avenue, also known as the St. Claire, is a recently constructed condominium residence.  As such, it is an non-committal addition to the streetscape.

2-4 East 128th Street

2-4 East 128th Street has the detailing and overall “feel” of a traditional brownstone house, although it was constructed as a multi-family dwelling.