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009-Racquet and Tennis Club

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021-New York Academy of Sciences 022-Abigail Adams Smith Museum 023-Cyril and Barbara Rutherford Hatch House 024-Bohemian National Hall 025-Cherokee Apartments
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036-East 70th Street 037-Kosciusko Foundation 038-Church of St. Vincent Ferrer

039-Temple Emanu-El

040-Republic of Poland Mission
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106-THE ESSEX HOUSE 107-THE FULLER BUILDING 108-The Austrian Cultural Foundation 109-American Folk Art Museum 110-Rockefeller Guest House
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111- Manhattan Church of Christ 112- Group Residence for Young Adults 113- Richard Feigen Gallery  114- Apartment House 115-Sidewalk Clock
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117-Church of the Heavenly Rest 118- Central Presbyterian Church 119-Gracie Mansion 120-Duke House 121- River House



Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue has been the haughty patrician face of Manhattan since the 
opening of Central Park in 1876 lured the Carnegies, Astors, 
Vanderbilts, Whitneys and other capitalists north from lower Fifth 
Avenue and Gramercy Park to build their fashionable residences on the 
strip alongside. Once unthinkable, upper Fifth Avenue addresses not 
only became acceptable but stylish. To this day the address remains so 
prestigious that buildings with no Fifth Avenue entrance to speak of 
call themselves by their would-be Fifth Avenue addresses instead of the 
more accurate side-street address, the latter being much too common. 
Gazing out over the park, these buildings went up when Neoclassicism 
was the rage, and hence the surviving originals are cluttered with 
columns and classical statues. A great deal of what you see, though, is 
third- or fourth-generation building: through the latter part of the 
nineteenth century, fanciful mansions were built at vast expense, to 
last only ten or fifteen years before being demolished for even wilder 
extravagances or, more commonly, grand apartment blocks. Rocketing land 
values made the chance of selling at vast profit irresistible.

Museum Mile and beyond 

As Fifth Avenue progresses north, it becomes Museum Mile, New York's 
greatest concentration of art and exhibitions – several of them housed 
in a few remaining mansions. Henry Clay Frick's house at 70th Street is 
marginally less ostentatious than its neighbors and is now the 
deliciously intimate and tranquil home of the
Frick Collection, one of 
the city's musts – even the lush gardens that surround it are a treat. 
Along the avenue (or just off it) are the
Whitney Museum of American Art
the National Academy of Design, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art (the 
"Met"), the
Guggenheim Museum (twentieth-century painting housed in 
Frank Lloyd Wright's helter-skelter mustard pot), the
, the International Center of Photography and, pushing 
further north, the
Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del 
Barrio. There's more than enough to keep you busy for a week at least. 
Take away Fifth Avenue's museums and a resplendent though fairly 
bloodless strip remains. Immediately east is Madison Avenue, a strip 
that was entirely residential until the 1920s. Today it is mainly an 
elegant shopping street, lined with top-notch designer clothes stores, 
some of whose doors are kept locked. At 699 Madison (63rd Street) is 
the tiny home of the Margo Feiden Galleries, which represent the work 
of the great New York caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, famous for his swirly 
portraits of Broadway stars. It's fun to admire the wedding dresses in 
Vera Wang's bridal boutique at 991 Madison Avenue (between 77th and 
78th sts). One notable exception to the demure commercialism here is 
the stately St James' Church at 865 Madison Ave, between 71st and 72nd 
streets, with its graceful Byzantine altar. A block away, Park Avenue 
is less extravagant, yet still as stolidly comfortable and often 
elegant. In the low 90s, the large black shapes of the Louise Nevelson 
sculptures stand out on the traffic islands, and just above 96th Street 
the neighborhood abruptly transforms into Spanish Harlem at the point 
where the subway line emerges from underground. One of the best 
features of this boulevard is the sweeping view, as Park Avenue coasts 
down to the New York Grand Central and Met Life (originally Pan Am) 

Architectural gems and homes of the rich and (in)famous nestle in the 
side streets. The Wildenstein family, premier art dealers now under 
attack for handling art stolen by the Nazis, and beneficiaries of 
bizarre plastic surgery, have both their gallery and private mansion on 
East 64th Street between Park and Madison. Andy Warhol spent the last 
thirteen years of his life, from 1974 to 1987, in a surprisingly 
conservative and extremely private narrow brick house at 57 E 66th St: 
no friends were allowed inside, and when Warhol died he left behind 
oddities like a massive collection of cookie jars. While you're here, 
have a look at no. 64 across the street, an elegant sandstone house 
with a green copper bay window and stained glass. At Park and East 66th 
Street are several stables, built a few blocks east of Fifth for use by 
the mansions, and now transformed into expensive art galleries (no. 
126, with its Romanesque facade, is especially handsome).

Dominating a square block is the
Seventh Regiment Armory (Park Ave 
between 66th and 67th sts), built in the 1870s with pseudo-medieval 
crenellations and, inside, a grand double stairway and spidery wrought 
iron chandeliers – the only surviving building from the era before the 
New York Central's railroad tracks were roofed over and Park Avenue 
became an upscale residential neighborhood. There are two surviving 
Aesthetic Movement interiors inside, executed by the firm which 
included Louis Comfort Tiffany and Stanford White – the Veterans' Room 
and the Library; call ahead for a tour (tel 744-8180; times vary). 
Frequent art and antique shows provide an opportunity to gawk at the 
enormous drill hall inside. Down the street from the armory's rear, on 
East 67th Street and Lexington Avenue, is a remarkable ensemble of 
fanciful Victorian buildings which narrowly escaped destruction and now 
resemble a movie set: the baby blue-trimmed local Police Precinct, the 
Fire Station with its bright red garage doors, and the whimsical ochre 
Park East Synagogue, with its Moorish arches, floral stained glass and 
campanile. Further north, The Asia Society (725 Park Ave between E 70th 
and 71st sts; tel 288-6400) has a permanent display of the Rockefeller 
Collection of Asian art and often hosts symposia, lectures, 
performances and film series and has a well-stocked bookstore on the 
ground floor.

At the northernmost part of this stretch, as the museums keep rolling 
by, is Carnegie Hill, an historic district bounded by 86th and 99th 
streets and Fifth and Lexington avenues. This well-tended and 
well-policed area retains the air of a gated community without the 
gates, and is largely inhabited by the more recently riche; you might 
catch a glimpse of celebrity tenants such as Bette Midler or Michael J. 
Fox, and their bodyguards, jogging down to Central Park. Aside from art 
and celebrity-sightings, the highlight here is the Russian Orthodox 
St. Nicholas Cathedral (15 E 97th St), most notable for its 
polychromatic Victorian body and five onion domes on top. Get too much 
past here, and the upscale living quickly fades.

Southern Fifth Avenue

Grand Army Plaza is the southernmost point of introduction to all this, 
an oval at the junction of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue that 
marks the division between Fifth as a shopping district to the south 
and a residential boulevard to the north. This is one of the city's 
most dramatic public spaces, boasting a fountain and a recently 
replated gold statue of Civil War victor General William Tecumseh 
Sherman, and flanked by the extended copper-lined chateau of the Plaza 
Hotel, with the darkened, swooping television screen facade of the 
Solow Building behind. Across the plaza, the imposing marble-faced 
lines of the General Motors Building offer six stories of toys inside 
at F.A.O. Schwarz, the building's main commercial tenant. Two more 
hotels, the high-necked
Sherry- Netherland and Pierre, luxuriate nearby. 
Many of the rooms here have permanent guests; needless to say, they're 
not on welfare. 
Fifth Avenue and its environs are dotted with the (traditionally men's) 
clubs which serviced, and still cater to, its mainly wealthy 
population. When J.P. Morgan, William and Cornelius Vanderbilt, and 
their pals arrived on the social scene in the 1890s, established 
society still looked askance at bankers and financiers, and its 
Downtown clubs were closed to Morgan and anyone else it considered less 
than up to snuff. Never to be slighted or outdone, Morgan commissioned 
Stanford White to design him his own club, bigger, better and grander 
than all the rest – and so the
Metropolitan Club at 1 East 60th St was 
born, an exuberant confection with a marvelously outrageous gateway. 
Just the thing for arriving robber barons.

Another unwelcome group, affluent Jews, founded the elegant Harmonie 
Club in the 1850s and erected its home at 4 E 60th St around the same 
time. So many parvenus caused alarm, and in 1915 the
, a handsome brick Federal-style building on the corner of Fifth 
Avenue and 62nd Street, was erected in response to the "relaxed 
standards" of the
Union Club (101 E 69th St), which had admitted 
several of Morgan's and Vanderbilt's friends. Before even the thought 
of admitting women to these hallowed bastions of old guard maleness 
occurred, there was the
Colony Club on Park Avenue at 62nd Street, 
founded in 1903, and is the city's earliest social club organized by 
women for women. In 1933, Delano & Aldrich, the firm which had designed 
the Knickerbocker Club, constructed an elaborate Colonial building with 
extensive gymnasium and spa facilities as the Cosmopolitan Club, at 122 
E 66th St. This was originally a place where rich women sent their 
governesses, but they eventually reclaimed the building for themselves. 
It's a strange apartment-block-like building, with white ironwork 
terraces reminiscent of New Orleans, and a private garden in the back.

On the corner of 65th Street and Fifth Avenue, America's largest reform 
synagogue, the
Temple Emanu-El, strikes a more sober aspect, a brooding 
Romanesque–Byzantine cavern that manages to be bigger inside than it 
seems out. The interior melts away into mysterious darkness, making you 
feel very small indeed (Mon–Fri & Sun 10am–5pm, Sat noon–5pm; tel 
744-1400 for special high holy day schedules). To get your fix of 
things Gallic go to the Alliance Française (22 E 60th St; tel 
355-6100), the French cultural institute that hosts a number of 
noteworthy lectures as well as a Ciné Club series of classic and 
contemporary French films.

The rest of the East 60s are typical Upper East Side, a trim mix of 
small apartment houses and elegant town. One of the most beautiful 
private homes up here is the turn-of-the-century
Edith and Ernesto 
Fabbri House
at 11 E 62nd St, built for a Vanderbilt daughter in a 
Parisian Beaux Arts style with curving iron balconies. The
Sara Delano 
Roosevelt Memorial House
at 47 E 65th was commissioned by Sarah Delano 
Roosevelt as a handy townhouse for her son Franklin, no. 142 belonged 
to Richard Nixon, and no. 115 is the US headquarters of the PLO. Quite 
a neighborhood.