24 Fifth Avenue, built in 1926 by famed architect Emery Roth, was known as the Fifth Avenue Hotel (the original and more famous Fifth Avenue Hotel at 200 Fifth Avenue was closed and demolished in 1908) until 1975, when it was converted into apartments by the Brodsky Organization. The building seems to have been controversy-free over the course of its existence and there hasn't been much reason to pay it any mind, but this duplex penthouse, just listed for $5.98 million, is worth noting. With its "grand ballroom-size" (not so sure about that) living room with 18-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto a private terrace, wood-burning fireplace, and whatever that red wall above the fireplace is, the place has got definite flair. Unfortunately, all that flair comes with a price (in addition to the actual price)—the maintenance costs come to $9,758.
· 24 Fifth Avenue PH-1700 [Halstead]
· 24 Fifth Avenue coverage [Curbed]