1010 Fifth Avenue

1010 Fifth Avenue was designed and developed by Fred F. French, whose spectacular eponymous Art Deco tower stands at 551 Fifth Avenue. French’s other residential projects include the famed Tudor City flanking East 42nd Street and overlooking the United Nations; 1010 Fifth Avenue is less fantastical than either project but is a handsome presence nonetheless…. 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

993 Fifth Avenue

Emery Roth never quite worked up the courage to unleash on Fifth Avenue the fantasies he created on Central Park West, but his 1935 design for 993 Fifth Avenue comes close, with superb Spanish Baroque detailing, a sumptuously paneled lobby and five setbacks that rise to a distinctive red-tiled crown (which stands out particularly when… Continue reading

990 Fifth Avenue

Beautifully detailed and proportioned, 990 Fifth Avenue is another entry in the “stretched townhouse” mode, being only three bays wide on the Fifth Avenue side.  It contains only six apartments: five duplexes and a penthouse triplex, all boasting 11-foot ceilings. The architects were Warren & Wetmore working with Rosario Candela; the building was completed in… Continue reading

956 Fifth Avenue

First completed in 1926 to designs by I.N. Phelps Stokes, whose own residence was at 953 Fifth Avenue, midway down the block, 956 Fifth Avenue was transformed into a 15-story high-rise after the zoning laws for this section of Fifth Avenue were successfully overturned to allow taller apartment buildings. The addition was managed by architect… Continue reading