1230 Fifth Avenue, El Museo del Barrio

Housed in a neo-classical building that shares space with offices and a school, El Museo del Barrio (“The Museum of the Neighborhood”, often shortened to “El Museo”) was founded in 1969 and moved to its current location at 1230 Fifth Avenue in 1977.  A significant collection of pre-Columbian and traditional Native and Latin American art… Continue reading

1220-1227 Fifth Avenue, the Museum of the City of New York

A graceful Georgian Revival design by Joseph H. Freedlander, the Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923 by the Scottish-born American historian Henry Collins Brown to preserve the city’s (even then) fast-disappearing history. Along with The New-York Historical Society, located on Central Park West and founded in 1799, the Museum of… Continue reading

1080 Fifth Avenue

Surrounded by low-rise landmarks, 1080 Fifth Avenue has spectacular views in nearly all directions.  The building itself is of more interest for additions made to it over the years than for any intrinsic merit (such as the striking cylindrical glass bay on the south side of the setbacks; visible here in the upper right-hand corner)…. Continue reading

1071 Fifth Avenue, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

One of the last masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright and one of only two buildings by Wright in New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the city’s preeminent art collections with a focus on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist and other early Modern Art.  Founded under the auspices of the Solomon R. Guggenheim… Continue reading

2 East 88th Street

One of the most striking of the Museum Mile’s apartment buildings, 2 East 88th Street is also one of only a handful to dispense with the Fifth Avenue address.  A severe elongated cube by Pennington & Lewis, the building is capped by a water tower that incorporates a series of stone faces straight out of… Continue reading