768 Fifth Avenue, The Plaza Hotel

Perhaps the most famous of all New York’s hotels, The Plaza Hotel is the masterwork of architect Henry J. Hardenburgh, whose other well-known designs include what is certainly the city’s best-known apartment building, Central Park West’s majestic Dakota.  Erected in 1900-1902 some fifteen years after the Dakota, The Plaza’s design swaps out the older building’s… Continue reading

186 Fifth Avenue

A charming and unusual Queen Anne office building, 186 Fifth Avenue was designed by Henry J. Hardenburgh, architect of the Plaza Hotel and the Dakota Apartments, whose nearby shop-front for the Sittenham Building at 123 Fifth Avenue is one of the district’s gems. Built of red brick, cast stone and terra cotta, 186 Fifth Avenue… Continue reading

123 Fifth Avenue, The Sittenham Building

One of my favorite buildings on this stretch of Fifth, the Sittenham Building at 123 Fifth Avenue is a brownstone residence converted to commercial use. The upper stores are a pleasant but unremarkable façade that was applied in 1926 – where the building really sings is at the shop front, a high-style Neo-Parisian confection installed… Continue reading