5th on the Park

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1485 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY

5th on the Park

The modern glass and brick facade of 5th on the Park
Building Information
Developer Uptown Partners
Architect FXFowle Architects
Number of Units 194
Number of Floors 28
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1485 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, NY, United States
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R7-2
Title of Land Condominium



Harlem was first called "Nieuw Haarlem" when it was a Dutch military outpost in the 17th century. Later, is was a farming community. It saw action as a revolutionary battlefield, evolved into a commuter town, declined to an African-American ghetto, until today, it is a renowned center of African-American culture.[1]
The 'stepped' exterior of 5th on the Park

5th on the Park at 1485 Fifth Avenue is built on the southeast corner of Marcus Garvey Park, is a full block project between 119th to 120th Streets and Fifth Avenue to Madison Avenue. Uptown Partners LLC, Artimus Construction Inc., and Phoenix Realty Group obtained a $115 million mortgage for the development. The site also bears the addresses of 1481 Fifth Avenue and 1-7 East 119th Street.

The site was the property of the Bethel Gospel Assembly, so the design includes a 38,000 square foot church with seating for 1,800 within the sanctuary. The 26 residential floors of the building have 47 church owned, affordable rental units and 147 market rate apartments.[2]

The Bethel Gospel Assembly, founded in 1917, began in a storefront at 116 Bradhurst Avenue. Over the next few decades, it moved several times, in 1923, 1947, and finally settling in a former school, the James Fennimore Cooper Jr. High School at 2-26 East 120th Street. Many of the area's churches are referred to as "storefront churches" operating from an empty store, a basement, or a converted brownstone house. Congregations may be as few as 30 to 50 members, but there are many hundreds of congregations.


Offerings at the Mt. Morris Park market, Marcus Garvey Park's former name that many residents still use

5th on the Park is centrally situated in Harlem, an area of New York City with a storied history. The 20 acre Marcus Garvey park across the street offers solitude and distraction from the bustling city.

Of course if that is not enough, residents can take a leisurely stroll to 110th Street and visit Central Park, arguably one of the most famous urban parks in the world.

For travel further afield, New York City's public transit system brushes up against 5th on the Park with several bus options, while the "Harlem" subway line runs along 120th Street. There are numerous food options nearby but residents may have to saunter about 1,000 feet for that specialty coffee.

Children may attend several different schools in the immediate area, from PS 79 Horan School about 500 feet away, to PS 149 Sojourner Truth School. Nearly 20 day care schools, nursery schools, and private institutes of all disciplines lie within a third of a mile of 5th on the Park.

Grocery choices are also close by with "Deals" near the Kalahari Harlem on 116th Street, Grace's Wholesale Market around the corner on Park Avenue, and the D & F Deli Grocery on Madison Avenue.[3]


5th on the Park soon after the start of construction
A tighter view showing a few of the balconies and the wrap around windows

The red brick and glass facade of 5th on the Park rises above beige colored face of the Bethel Gospel Assembly at its foot. Along one side of its 26 floors are a series of setbacks from about half way up the building giving the appearance of 'steps into the sky'.

The 194 unit concrete structure has few balconies and features a larger setback at the sixth floor with a lap pool, landscaped garden, outdoor deck, fitness center and media room. The fenestration is consistent showing wrap around corner windows to maximize views in several directions at once. Each floor is demarked with a thin strip of two colored brick and is capped with a large brick-clad structure on the roof housing the building's mechanical equipment.

There are two subterranean levels containing 117 parking stalls with a 24 hour attendant. Entrances to both the church and the apartments is from 119th Street.[4]

Layout and Features

Promotional word cloud for 5th on the Park

The rooftop garden area for the residents of 5th on the Park to enjoy, is comprised of 1,900 square feet and was completed in 2010.

The 147 unit Market rate residential portion of 5th on the Park encompasses 245,000 square feet of living space whereas the rental portion owned by the church covers 50,000 square feet. The three level assembly hall area on the ground floor has fixed seating on a raked floor, for nearly 2000 people. Additional space is used for the pastors' study, a pre-function area, and a place for the choir.

Residents arriving home at 5th on the Park are greeted with a 40 foot high lobby ceiling with art work created by Tim Prentice. They may then use the services of the Health Club, the fitness center, or take a dip in the pool.[5]

View from the top of 5th on the Park

Floor Plans

5th on the Park offers numerous variations of their floor layouts, from studios to a four bedroom penthouse. Here are a few:


5th on the Park employs a day and an evening doorman as well as a 24-four concierge.

The building has bicycle storage and a community room. Apartments are finished with Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, Kitchenaid or GE Monogram kitchen appliances, vented washers/dryers and central air-conditioning.

Here are a few amenities at 5th on the Park:

  • Concierge
  • Full time doorman
  • Live-in superintendent
  • Central air conditioning
  • Full service garage
  • Garden
  • Fitness center
  • Health club
  • Pool
  • Roof deck
  • Washer/dryer in building
  • Party room
  • Valet parking
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Community Recreation Facilities


5th on the Park Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • 5th on the Park allows pets
  • Rentals of the units are permitted
  • No age restrictions are imposed on ownership
  • Barbecue on the roof top terrace


Although not specifically designed to be a "Green" building, 5th on the Park will still have followed modern building codes for both its design and building materials. For instance, windows are double-glazed for improvement of its insulation factor and the glass is tinted to lessen the solar impact on the interior. Modern construction methods and building codes require the proper and safe disposal of all construction waste.

Intelligently chosen stainless steel appliances are energy efficient and sleek Kohler fixtures are installed. The bicycle storage area encourages residents to use a bike rather than driving short distances. Also, the building's mere location so close to transit helps lessen one's impact on the environment.


Some people wish to see the statue removed
The controversial bronze statue at the entrance to 5th on the Park, by artist Nnamdi Okonkwo
  • A bronze sculpture placed near the front entrance of 5th on the Park has generated controversy and drawing protest from the neighborhood. Many say the statue by Nigerian artist, Nnamdi Okonkwo, resembles three large black women sitting on a bench. People in the neighborhood say the figures look like depressed, underprivileged black women and object to the symbolism.
    • Okonkwo firmly avers that he did not create the statue with any specific race or size in mind. He said the size of the figures is symbolic of humanity's "generosity of spirit" and "largeness of soul".
    • Okonkwo went on to say, "These forms for me are a way to express the majesty of the human spirit that can be found amongst all groups of people. For people to think that I am doing something negative, just kills me," he said, choking back tears. "This is what comes from my heart."
    • Okonkwo lives in Atlanta. He titled the piece "Friends."[6]

  • Marcus Garvey Park, or Mount Morris Park as it was originally called, first opened in 1840. It is a 20 plus acre park that interrupts the flow of traffic on Fifth Avenue which is routed around the park. The park was renamed to honor Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). Many neighborhood residents still refer to the park by its old name.
    • The center of the park features a building called the "Watchtower", a tower built in 1857 on an artificial plateau used to search for fires. The 47 foot tower was fitted with a 10,000 pound cast bell that is still in the Landmark structure. The cast iron tower served a vital purpose in an era where most buildings were made of wood.
    • A concert series that became known as "Black Woodstock", was held in the park in the summer of 1969.[7]


  1. Wikipedia - Harlem
  2. City Realty - Review
  3. Walk Score
  4. City Realty
  5. Edwards & Zuck
  6. DNAinfo New York
  7. Wikipedia - Marcus Garvey Park

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