Old New York #42


Park Avenue (1957)

4 comments:

dola said...

It was a heady time then and there. The Eisenhower Recession hadn't really hit just yet, Guatemala was an incredible 'pbsuccess' only three years earlier and what came from Le Corbusier's little building nearby wasn't fooling anybody.

Fred said...

If you look beyond the street level, with its pedestrians, cars and awnings, this stretch of Park Avenue really doesn't look that much different 52 years later.

Tommy O'C said...

Yup, that's definitely Park Avenue. In the distance on the left, you can see two or three low-level buildings that are no longer there (with the exception of one, an ULTRA-ritzy athletic club), as well as a skyscraper nearing completion. On the sidewalk right, there are some older buldings that have also gone bye-bye. Not that I belong in that strata regardless, but NYC does love to bulldoze its past (including 277 Park, which had been designed by Mead, McKim and White, and was home to such luminaries as the Kennedys). The line of demarcation seems to have been drawn at 57th Street. North (uptown) of that, Park Ave. is still residential--for the uber-rich, of course.

swac said...

Dahlink I luf you but gif me Flatbush.