From the Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, Fifth Avenue is home to a stunning range of New York’s most iconic buildings, landmarks, and monuments.

Fifth Avenue (Monacelli Press, October 2022) brings readers on a block-by-block architectural and historical journey of this 7-mile street with art historian William Hennessey, author of Walking Broadway (Monacelli Press, June 2020). Through six fact-filled walking tours, this accessible illustrated guide takes readers along the entire length of Fifth Avenue, offering the chance to discover exceptional and unusual structures across Greenwich Village, Midtown, the Upper East Side, and Harlem.

In this virtual book talk with Hennessey, learn about the stories of buildings along the street from monuments such as Rockefeller Center, to the luxury stores of Tiffany’s, and the cultural treasures along Museum Mile. Through these stories, viewers will uncover the historic, social, economic, and political forces that have shaped the street’s growth and character.

OHNY Board Member Saundra Thomas will moderate a conversation with author Bill Hennessey about Fifth Avenue and what we can learn about New York City through one of its most famous streets.

Purchase Fifth Avenue here. Open House New Yorkers receive 20% off their purchase with the code NEWYORK20.


Author Bio

William J. Hennessey is an architectural historian who has taught at Vassar College, the University of Kansas, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Michigan and directed the art museums at each of those institutions. From 1997 to 2014 he was director of the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. Hennessey is the author of catalogs and articles on a wide range of art and design topics, including nineteenth-century architecture and twentieth-century industrial design as well as the monograph Russel Wright: American Designer and Walking Broadway: Thirteen Miles of Architecture and History (Monacelli, 2020), a tour of Manhattan from the Battery to the Harlem River.


OHNY Stacks

OHNY Stacks is a series of book talks exploring the unknown, the unseen, and the unnoticed. Join us on Thursday evenings with authors of highly acclaimed books critical to understanding the past, present, and future of New York—as well as national trends or global issues that influence the shape, structure, and experience of cities and urban life today.

$5 General Admission
Free for OHNY Members and Volunteers

This event will be hosted live on Zoom. Guests will receive the link to the event content in your order confirmation email, and in a reminder email before the event starts. The event will be recorded and shared with all ticket holders.