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

136 Fifth Avenue

Referred to in the Landmark Preservation Commission’s designation report for the Ladies’ Mile Historic District as a “taxpayer,” 136 Fifth Avenue is all that remains after a 1960 fire destroyed a previously modified brownstone townhouse. At the time that the Ladies’ Mile Historic District was designated, the still extant one-story building sported an aluminum façade… Continue reading