W ith its distinguished brownstones, elegant town houses and majestic mansions, the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Madison Square Park has been a heart of New York sophistication and influence ever since the 1850s. And today, long after beginning life as a commercial and industrial space in 1912, the imposing 24-storey building at 212 Fifth Avenue is reclaiming its rightful place among its neighbours.
Topped by a striking crenellated parapet and clad in stately limestone and terracotta, 212 Fifth has been masterfully restored by the New York-based firm Helpern Architects, which has cleverly brought the building’s uncommon proportions and architectural features to the fore.
Expansive and loftlike, the homes showcase oversize windows with vistas encompassing such iconic markers as the Flatiron Building, the MetLife Clock Tower and the Empire State Building, along with the verdant hub of Madison Square Park, the ever-changing lights of downtown Manhattan and, of course, the Big Apple’s magical sunsets. A new bastion of elegance and calm in a city that never sleeps, 212 Fifth offers luxurious residences conceived by the internationally acclaimed New York design firm Pembrooke & Ives, which has made each home into an utterly modern celebration of space and light.
In addition to book-matched marble foyers, classic coffered ceilings and oak-clad floors set in a chevron pattern, the residences include kitchens with Calacatta-marble countertops, custom-designed cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances. The baths are at once modern and indulgent thanks to wide sycamore vanities, freestanding Lacava tubs and polished Thassos stone floors. Fluted Carrara marble walls grace the master baths.
Pembrooke & Ives has also made sure that every aspect of life within the building unfolds smoothly. With a dedicated 24-hour concierge, stylish lounge, plush screening room, sophisticated boardroom, spacious playroom for children, game room for adults, a state-of-the-art gym, golf simulator, rooms for classes and spa treatments, catering kitchen, valet parking, bicycle storage and refrigeration for food deliveries, 212 Fifth offers a range of amenities designed to accommodate its residents and their variety of needs.
Outside, life is just as good. Located in a landmarked neighbourhood rich with history and cachet, 212 Fifth has an immediate and immaculate haven in Madison Square Park and in the surrounding stylish boutiques just steps away. Attractions for the gourmet abound, from Gramercy Tavern and Eataly to the illustrious Eleven Madison Park. Clearly, as reenvisioned by some of today’s greatest residential innovators, 212 Fifth has found new life as a coveted address that epitomises the magic of Manhattan. That the city’s near-mythical area code would be part of its name is all the more fitting.
LEAD IMAGE: 212 FIFTH AVENUE’S SETTING ALONGSIDE MADISON SQUARE PARK REPRESENTS UNDISPUTED LUXURY. THE PARK’S LUSH OUTDOOR HAVEN IS PERFECTLY MAINTAINED AND OFFERS A WORLD-CLASS PUBLIC ART PROGRAMME.