Outside of 895 Park Avenue, designed in 1929-30 by Sloan & Robertson.

Despite the rainy weather, a group of Deco devotees joined FRIENDS and tour guide Anthony W. Robins on a tour of the Upper East Side’s Art Deco architecture. Robins is the author of the newly-released book New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture. Although a bit more elusive than in other neighborhoods, the Upper East Side has many Art Deco gems which capture the forward-thinking aesthetic of the time. Highlights included an apartment building by Raymond Hood (who contributed to the design of Rockefeller Center), a 1930 townhouse that was one of only four townhouses built in Manhattan that year, the elegant Carlyle Hotel, as well as a few unexpected Deco buildings in Yorkville. Although the Art Deco style may be few and far between on the Upper East Side, these impressive buildings are not to be missed! Check out the full walking tour in Robins’ book, available now!