530 Fifth Avenue, The Bank of New York Building

An all-business essay in very late Art Moderne, The Bank of New York Building at 530 Fifth Avenue was completed in 1959 and reflects in its limestone detailing a bid for contextuality with the famed Rockefeller Center a few blocks to the north.  Its dignity has been severely damaged by the discordant shopfronts that now… Continue reading

281 Fifth Avenue

A classic Depression-era “taxpayer”, 281 Fifth Avenue, shown at the northern corner of its block, is slated for demolition along with its neighbor to the south at 279 Fifth Avenue.  The building may not seem noteworthy at first glance, but its Art Moderne styling is sophisticated, particularly the great curved windows, which represent an attempt… Continue reading