The Story Behind One Museum Mile A.K.A. 1280 Fifth Avenue

The Orzora Group NYCJune 07, 2013
One Museum Mile began developing in 2007 before the market tanked and the condo building hit the market in June 2010. It was designed by Robert M. Stern. This architect is the only architect in NYC history to have completed two buildings on Central Park.

His masterpiece is a 114 unit condominium building built upon the African Art Museum. The other residential building he is known for is a 35 story limestone building on 15 Central Park West. The developer for One Museum mile is Brickman who also developed 68-74 East End located in the Upper East Side.

Originally the condominium was branded as 1280 Fifth Avenue, but the name changed to One Museum Mile in April 2012 after the condos were taken off the market. The name highlights the condo building being at the top of the hill, the end of the line for the famous east side tract of museum's on 5th avenue.

The tract of museums starts at Goethe House German Cultural Center at 82nd street and ends at Robert M. Sterns masterpiece of One Museum Mile on top of African Museum of Art.

The museum was brought to NYC in 1984 and located temporarily in Long Island City and was closed for new development for 7 years. Financing for the museums development was stopped several times in the course of three years.

After the rebranding of the condo to One Museum Mile the building was close to 50% sold out in February 2013 reported by Curbed, and set the record for the highest sold unit in the area of Upper Carnegie Hill or what some deem as East Harlem (Spanish Harlem). Unit 11 B was recorded sold on this past March for 3.6 million setting the new record for neighborhood at $2,030 per square foot. Below is 11B Floor Layout as provided by Curbed.