It seems fitting that we should close our tour of Fifth Avenue with one of the street’s best buildings, the massive 369th Regiment Armory at 2366 Fifth Avenue, home to the Harlem Hellfighters, the nation’s first all-African-American military regiment and a distinguished company with service in WWI and WWII. The history of this amazing troop… Continue reading
A simple but dignified 12-foot tall black granite monument to the all-African-American 369th Regiment stands in a pleasant garden plot opposite the troop’s historic drill hall. Installed in 2006, it replicates a monument in France to the efforts of the troop during WWI and contains the troop’s rattlesnake insignia and crest.
As Manhattan Island tapers northward, Madison Avenue follows the contours of its shoreline to terminate at Fifth Avenue and 142nd Street, the only instance of two north/south avenues meeting. At the intersection, the east side of the Fifth Avenue sidewalk also terminates with a pedestrian bridge that leads across the FDR Expressway and to the… Continue reading
A former self-storage warehouse pressed into service as the Global Community Charter School, 2350 Fifth Avenue has been augmented with bright murals at the ground floor level. The rather bizarre paint scheme is otherwise a relic of the building’s warehouse days.
Constructed in 1967 to designs by Davis Brody Bond, Riverbend Houses at 2333 Fifth Avenue is the last of the major housing developments to line this section of Fifth Avenue. Conceived after the theories of the French architect and theorist Le Corbusier, it represents a break with the all-brick construction of the previous decades. The… Continue reading