Celebrating New York City Image 4

1040 Fifth Avenue (informally known as the 1040) is a luxury residential housing cooperative in New York City. 1040 is one of the tallest of the limestone-clad apartment houses on Fifth Avenue, this prominent 17-story structure has one of the most distinctive roof-lines along the avenue. The canopied entrance has very attractive cast-iron doors and extensive sidewalk landscaping. It is on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 85th Street, one block up from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The facade, which has had many repairs, is relatively plain except for several sculpted faces at the fifth story. The large building has only 27 apartments and has had many prominent residents including the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis who purchased an apartment on the 15th floor in 1964 and lived there until her death in 1994.
The building was erected in 1930 and was designed by Rosario Candela, one of the city's most prominent designers of luxury apartment buildings in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
My pen-and-ink drawing, "Upper East Side Faces," shows to of the sculpted faces on the building. Of course I was also drawn to the shadows of the small iron balcony. It is hard to tell where the actual balcony ends and the shadows begin.

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