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998 Fifth Avenue

998 Fifth Avenue

(Between E 81st & E 82nd Street)

998 Fifth Avenue is one of the original great luxury apartments on Fifth Avenue. An Italian Renaissance-style limestone cooperative, it was built by James T. Lee (Jacqueline Onassis’ maternal grandfather) and designed by McKim, Mead and White. It was the first luxury apartment building constructed on Fifth Avenue and integral in persuading the rich to sell their private houses for apartments overlooking Central Park. Urban legend has it that Douglas Elliman offered Elihu Root, a Nobel prize-winning statesman, writer and member of New York's elite, a 50% rent reduction to take occupancy in the building. As a result, other wealthy families soon followed suit. The building is located across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has a lobby lined in Italian marble. There are 12 floors and 18 apartments. The lower floors consist of two apartments, a single floor and a duplex each of 14 rooms. The duplexes have marble staircases. The 9th and 10th floor apartments occupy the entire floor. The top two floors each consist of a single, 16-room apartment. Each apartment has a 36” by 14” windowed reception room that opens into the living, reception, and formal dining rooms, which total 68 feet in length and overlook The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. All the apartments have high ceilings, large windows, jewelry safes built into the walls, and the building offers refrigerated wine cellars. 998 was designated a landmark in 1974.

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