985 Fifth Avenue

Often mistaken for a wing of 980 Fifth Avenue, 985 Fifth Avenue shares its more controversial neighbor’s setback but seems more deserving of the “excruciatingly banal” epithet. The unusual sculpture in front (pictured above) is by Priscilla Kapel and is titled “The Castle”. The work might be intended as an ironic take on the Gothic… Continue reading

980 Fifth Avenue

Erected in 1966, 980 Fifth Avenue replaced the Isaac Brokaw Mansion, a substantial if unimaginative chateau, with a building that historian Andrew S. Dolkart called “excruciatingly banal”.  Andrew Alpern’s estimation was even more withering: in his book “New York’s Fabulous Luxury Apartment Houses”, he opined of 990 Fifth Avenue that “all that has remained of… Continue reading

923 Fifth Avenue

Designed by Sylvan Bien in 1951, 923 Fifth Avenue is a classic white brick apartment house featuring an attractive sunken lobby and corner balconies, many of which have been filled in. Bronze elevator doors provide a note of pre-war glamour.

910 Fifth Avenue

Once a 12 story Beaux-Arts building similar is style to 907 Fifth Avenue directly across 72nd Street, 910 Fifth Avenue was stripped to its steel skeleton in 1959 and rebuilt as a 16-story white brick apartment house in the then generic “white brick” style. Writing of 910 Fifth Avenue, historian Andrew Alpern opined that “its… Continue reading

900 Fifth Avenue

Designed by Sylvan and Robert Bien in 1960, 900 Fifth Avenue sports a pair of highly unusual double bays finished with gray-metal spandrels. Their presence and the building’s adjacency to the Frick Collection give the apartments excellent views.