1255 Fifth Avenue

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1255 Fifth Avenue, New York City NY

1255 Fifth Avenue

1255 Fifth Avenue
Building Information
Developer Pending
Architect Pending
Number of Units 65
Number of Floors 8
Year Built 1925
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1255 Fifth Avenue, New York City NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than 200 feet
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R9
Title of Land Condominium



In the 19th century, Fifth Avenue across from Central Park was largely neglected by elite society in New York City. This changed, however, when Central Park was finally established and efforts were made to beautify it towards the end of the century. By the early 20th century, many of society's elite had began to move north to where Fifth Avenue faces Central Park. It was during this period that Andrew Carnegie built a mansion at Fifth Avenue and 91st Street, which gave name to the neighborhood of Carnegie Hill. Oddly enough, many of the mansions built in this area didn't last long as residences. Many were torn down to make way for apartment buildings while others were later turned over to the city as museums.

Many people didn't approve of the mansions being replaced by apartment building and in 1922 the city restricted the height of future structures to 75 feet, which was lower than most of the apartment buildings being planned. However, only one year later, architect J. E. R. Carpenter brought a case to court challenging the height restriction and won. The first large-scale building to take advantage of this change in zoning was 1158 Fifth Avenue, just down the road from 1255 Fifth Avenue.

The building at 1255 Fifth Avenue was constructed in 1925, but wasn't converted to condominiums until 1985. Today it is a full-service building with a 24-hour doorman. The residents can also enjoy a communal rooftop terrace.[1]


1255 Fifth Avenue is located on Fifth Avenue in Upper Carnegie Hill in Manhattan, New York City. This neighborhood is a quiet and historic residential area. “Museum Row” runs right through Upper Carnegie Hill. 1255 Fifth Avenue is only two blocks from the Museum of African Art to the north and the Museum of El Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York to the south.

1255 Fifth Avenue is ideally located near many amenities such as grocery stores and coffee shops. There are also good schools in the area. It is just a short walk from the building to the Harlem Meer and the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park. Public transportation in the area is excellent, with over 25 bus and rail options, the nearest within 200 feet.[2]


Third-story windows

1255 Fifth Avenue was built in 1925 and renovated as condominiums in 1985. It is a eight-story concrete building with 65 apartments. The building has a two-story rusticated base of light-colored brick. A string course separates the base from the main shaft of the building. Another string course is over the sixth floor, demarcating the shaft from the top of the building. A cornice is above the seventh floor, which separates out the top floor, which does not actually match the rest of the building.

The facade displays uniform fenestration, with all the windows being quite plain except those on the third story. On the third story, plain windows alternate with windows framed with small wall columns and capitals.[3]

Layout and Features

Many of the features in 1255 Fifth Avenue are reminiscent of the building's history. The units have high ceilings and over sized windows. One of the big perks of the building is that many of the apartments have direct Central Park views. The building also has an impressive list of amenities including a health club and a richly landscaped roof terrace.[4]

Individual units feature a combination of the following:

  • Twelve to fifteen foot beamed ceilings
  • Over sized windows
  • Direct park views
  • Walk-in closets
  • Balconies/terraces
  • Two levels
  • Hardwood floors
  • Chef's kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances

Floor Plans

The floor plans in 1255 Fifth Avenue run from studios to two-bedroom units. Many of the units include loft space or private outdoor terraces. A small sample of the floor plans are below:


Building amenities include:

  • Roof deck
  • Sidewalk landscaping
  • Doorman
  • Health club
  • Laundry room
  • Live-in superintendent
  • Parking available
  • Storage available


1255 Fifth Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are allowed in this building.
  • Rentals are allowed in this building.
  • There is no age restriction.
  • There are grills installed in some of the penthouse suites and space available for barbecues on the communal terrace.


1255 Fifth Avenue was built in the 1925. However, more recent renovations have kept sustainability in mind. If you are concerned about your carbon footprint, consider the following:

  • Renovations have installed some energy-efficient appliances, windows, and heating in the units.
  • Public transportation is very convenient with several subway and bus lines just a few blocks away.
  • Some units contain outdoor space which could be used for patio gardening.
  • There is a large communal landscaped roof terrace.
  • The building is right next to Central Park where community gardens are available.
  • There are lots of restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, and other amenities within walking distance.
  • The building offers bicycle storage and there are good bike lanes in the area.


Annie Leibovitz sold her apartment in 1255 Fifth Avenue in 2008
  • Photographer Annie Leibovitz had a penthouse at 1255 Fifth Avenue until 2008. Annie Leibovitz is perhaps best well known for her portrait work for the Rolling Stone magazine.
  • 1255 Fifth Avenue was featured on the premier episode of Selling New York: Chapter Two. Selling New York features real estate agents trying to seal the deal on properties in a one-hour TV slot.[5]
  • The north part of Central Park, across from 1255 Fifth Avenue, was not part of the original park but was added in the 1860s. The northern part of the park is the more "rugged" area of Central Park.[6]


  1. NYC Manhattan: Fifth Avenue
  2. Walk Score
  3. CITY Realty
  4. Street Easy
  5. NY Curbed
  6. Central Park

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