JUST OFF FIFTH: Astor Row at 8-62 West 130th Street

Astor Row at 8-62 West 130th Street – a remarkable row house development consisting of 26 double houses kitted out with unique Eastlake “spoolwork” porches and restrained brickwork.  Developed by the Astor Family in the early 1880s and designed by Charles Buek, they feature generous front and side yards – then as now a rarity… Continue reading

2115-2119 Fifth Avenue

2115-2119 Fifth Avenue is the surviving northern portion of the row that originally started at 2105 Fifth Avenue.  It has been cut off from its southern neighbors by the insertion of 2113.   At some point the middle house at 2117 gained a not-entirely unsuccessful rusticated treatment; otherwise the row is in more or less original… Continue reading

2114 Fifth Avenue is a rowhouse design disguised as a single building, in this case an impressively detailed English Renaissance structure.  The ground floor has taken a beating over the years, but recently the structure seems to be in the process of being prepared for renovation.

2105-2111 Fifth Avenue

2105-2111 Fifth Avenue is a brownstone row turned down a considerable notch from the ambitious trio immediately to the south.  Save for 2105, which has had its entry modified for conversion into a small church, the row is in excellent shape.

2098-2103 Fifth Avenue

A trio of boisterous French Second Empire houses, 2098-2103 Fifth Avenue have been subjected to some curious paint choices (pistachio?)  regarding trim as well as an inexplicable fence at the rooftop level. Despite these additions they are an otherwise a well-preserved and engaging presence on the street, displaying an eclectic sensibility that commands the corner… Continue reading