425 Fifth Avenue

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425 Fifth Avenue, New York City

425 Fifth Avenue

425 extending skyward from Fifth Ave.
Building Information
Developer RFR Holding
Architect Michael Graves & Associates
Management Company Envoy Club
Number of Units 81
Number of Floors 56
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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425 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C5-3
Title of Land Condominium



425 Fifth Avenue is a 56 story condominium offering an upbeat lifestyle in the hustle and bustle of the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan for singles or families. It has a unique view of the Empire State Building. It offers luxurious decor featuring small floor plates with only a hand full of apartments on each floor.

This tower was completed in 2003, designed by Michael Graves & Associates, constructed of limestone and white glazed brick columns which stand out when viewed from down the block. The original design was created by Robert AS. Stern working with H. Thomas O'Hara Architects. However, Mr, Stern chose to withdraw from the project and it was taken over by Mr. Graves. The pale yellow and beige colors of the tower with the highlight white center piers were designed to emphasize the building's vertical attributes.[1]

Some resentment was generated among architectural circles against the project due to its proximity to the Empire State Building, claiming it was an incursion into the heights surrounding the solitary area of the ESB. However, after its completion, several other tall structures have been constructed in the area.[2]


425 Fifth Avenue is located on the northeast corner of 38th Street and Fifth Avenue in the Murray Hill district of Manhattan. Centered between two rivers, The East and Hudson, there are banks, schools, hospitals, parks and transportation within minutes of the building. Out the lobby door you are within walking distance of restaurants, banks, shopping malls, police, health clinics, libraries, buses and subways. There are many pubs and clubs close at hand when the mood to socialize occurs.

The "Walk Score" website gives it a score of 98. You are near the Garment district, Times Square and Bryant Park. If biking interests you, the area is flat for riding or there are plenty of options for transportation including pedicabs. There is no parking provided should you own a car.[3]


425 Fifth Avenue was completed in September 2003 by developer RFR Holdings and designed by Michael Graves & Associates. There is nothing "Green" necessarily about its construction method or products used. The building is constructed of reinforced concrete and is one of the tallest structures in Manhattan.

The construction manager, Tishman Construction Corporation, was faced with several logistics problems to overcome to complete the project on time and within budget. The parcel of land for the tower was only 77 feet wide and is located in one of the most congested areas of midtown at Fifth Avenue between the Empire State Building and the New York Public Library at Bryant Park. In addition to that, the land also sloped down 40 feet on the west side of the lot. In order to ensure traffic moved smoothly, the construction company built a concrete slab for cement trucks to use for unloading right on the site.

The lower six floors of the building uses the Beaux Arts style of architecture reflected in nearby buildings. The tall and slender structure has mandated setbacks and vertical bold columns of white glazed brick. The residential lobby has a hippodrome shape richly emphasized by wood paneling and marble inlays. A two level fitness center and mixed use retail space are also on the lower six floors.[4]

Within the building, 16 floors containing 94 long stay hotel rooms comprise the "Envoy Club". The remaining 81 apartments make up the rest of the condominium project.

Layout and Features

Micheal Graves & Associates developed a quiet intimate blueprint with small floor plates with only a hand full of apartments on each floor.

The apartments have large windows providing natural light, nine foot ceilings, hardwood floors, walk-in closets, in-suite Bosch washer and dryer and some suites come with a balcony or terrace. Individual suites have Miele or Sub-Zero brand appliances, granite counter tops in the kitchen, marble in the bathroom with custom lighting.

A 24 hour concierge is on duty, a doorman with live-in Superintendent. Amenities include, but are not limited to, cable and internet, a fitness center with pool, sauna and steam room, a Fifth Avenue Club for residents, cinema room and a roof deck.[5]

Floor Plans

425 Fifth Avenue offers 97 floor plans. Here are a few examples:


425 Fifth Avenue is expensive and offers many amenities ... for the price. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A 24 hour doorman
  • 24 hour concierge
  • The Superintendent lives in the building
  • A fitness club
  • Business room
  • Children's play room
  • Resident storage
  • However, there is no parking provided, even if you own a car

Within the suites you have:

  • Cable and Internet
  • Washer and dryer
  • Independent heat and air conditioning
  • Under counter lighting over granite counter tops
  • Bathroom comes with a marble soaking tub

Other photos:


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

  • 425 Fifth Avenue allows pets
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions to ownership within the building


425 Fifth Avenue was not specifically designed to be a 'green building' and therefore, no project listing can be found on the United States Green Building Council website.

Residents who wish to contribute to a greener environment may do so by participating in New York City's recycling programs, ensuring that renewable and non-toxic materials are used for renovations plus their proper disposal, and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.[6]


  • Manhattan has numerous parades that process down Fifth Avenue. The street is often closed several Sundays of the year to celebrate many different interests.
  • The north east corner of 34th Street was the site of Fifth Avenue's first commercial building in 1896. Benjamin Altman bought this lot and demolished the "Marble Palace" which belonged to Altman's arch rival, A.T. Stewart. The B. Altman and Company department store occupied the entire block in 1906. This was the start of a high end shopping district attracting upscale stores who wished to serve fashionable ladies.[7]
  • The famous midtown area was largely residential at the start of the 20th century. Fifth Avenue was a much narrower thoroughfare at that time and was widened in 1908 to accommodate more traffic, at the expense of its expansive sidewalks.


  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Architects Website
  3. Business locations and Community Services
  4. Construction Manager's website
  5. Three bedroom with photos
  6. USGBC - Project List
  7. History of Area

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