^ "^ <*. Inasmuch as the existence of The Fifth Avenue Bank of New York
has been contemporaneous with the remarkable growth and develop¬
ment of Fifth Avenue during the past twoscore years, the Bank
deems it appropriate to commemorate its fortieth anniversary on
October 13, 1915, by issuing this brief history of Fifth Avenue. While
a complete story would fill volumes, the Bank has gathered within these
pages the most essential and interesting facts relating to the Avenue's
origin and development. So far as can be learned, this is the first at¬
tempt to tell the story of Fifth Avenue. There are few, even among
those familiar with New York, who know how interesting Fifth
Original authorities, histories, newspapers and magazines have been
freely consulted. A list will be found at the end of the narrative.
Many persons, whose experience has given them a wide knowledge
of the Avenue, have also been interviewed. The Bank desires par¬
ticularly to acknowledge its indebtedness to Messrs. Edward N.
Tailer, Gardner Wetherbee, John D. Crimmins, Robert Weeks de
Forest, Amos F. Eno, Percy R. Pyne, 2nd, J. Clarence Davies, S. B.
Altmayer, John T. Mills, Jr., Francis Jordan Bell, Francis T. L. Lane,
Charles White, George Schmelzel, Frederick T. van Beuren, Jr.,
J. H. Jordan, Robert Fridenberg, Max Williams, A. M. Chase,
Stewart Burchard, A. T. Thomas, Mrs. J. J. Blodgett, Lawson Purdy,
President of the Board of Commissioners, Department of Taxes and
Assessments of the City of New York, officials of the New York Public
Library, New York Historical Society, American Geographical So¬
ciety, and others, for their courtesy and for the valuable information
they have supplied.