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1170 Fifth Avenue

Northeast corner at 98th Street

1170 Fifth Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

This very attractive apartment building was designed by J. E. R. Carpenter, the foremost architect of luxury residential buildings in the city of his generation.

His other buildings on Fifth Avenue include 810, 825, 907, 920, 950, 988, 1030, 1035, 1060, 1115, 1120, 1143, 1148, 1150 and 1165 as well as 2 East 66th Street.

Erected in 1926 as a cooperative, the 16-story building has 61 apartments. It is almost a twin of 1165 Fifth Avenue and their entrances face each other across the sidestreet. 1165 Fifth Avenue was built as a cooperative in 1925 and converted to a cooperative in 1947 and has the same number of stories and apartments as 1170.

Carpenter had built a similar set of "twins" just before this pair at 1115 and 1120 Fifth Avenue at 93rd Street. Needless to say, these "twins" are the epitome of "contextual" architecture and both have very large and handsome wrought-iron marquees above their sidestreet entrances.

These two are one block north of the westbound Central Park transverse road at 97th Street and a block south of the large "campus" of Mt. Sinai Hospital. They are also quite close to a school and a church and many of the interesting cultural institutions along Fifth Avenue’s "Museum Mile."

A local subway station is at 96th Street and Lexington Avenue and a large children’s playground is just within Central Park on the south side of 96th Street. The building has a doorman and a concierge and sidewalk landscaping, but no garage and no balconies.

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