Fifth Avenue Then and Now Tour
At the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th, New York City’s population was exploding, and the rich were moving uptown to escape the commercial activity that was creeping northward across Manhattan. As a result, a flurry of building caused numerous mansions to rise one after another along Fifth Avenue, opposite Central Park.

60th Met Club 1906

The postcard view above demonstrates the appearance of Fifth Avenue north from 59th Street in 1906.

Further uptown, the land was still vacant and some was covered by shacks and squatters. Andrew Carnegie bought land at the end of the 19th Century that looked like this:

91st Squatter II shacks 1885

Carnegie was smart enough to buy the land on either side of the place where he wanted to build so he could control his neighbors. Eventually, he built his mansion, now the Cooper-Hewett Museum.

Carnegie 1911 alone

And he sold the land on either side along Fifth Avenue. Financier Otto Kahn built his mansion to the north of Carnegie:


And the Church of the Heavenly Rest built its house of worship to the south of Carnegie.

90th Heavenly 1083

In those days, the Fifth Avenue Stagecoach transported travelers. Below is a picture taken in front of the Lenox Library at 71st Street.

Fifth Ave Stage

Today, most of the mansions and other buildings that once lined Fifth Avenue have been torn down and replaced by large apartment buildings. For example, the Lenox Library at 71st Street was torn down to build the Henry Clay Frick mansion.

However, a few of the magnificent buildings  have survived. The Fifth Avenue Then And Now Tour will introduce you to the mansions that remain from 71st Street north to 94th,  show you photographs of the way the surrounding area appeared when they were first built, and will also highlight some of the beautiful mansions that are gone forever.

If you are interested in history and enjoy looking at beautiful buildings, you will love this tour.

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