Kicking Around 212 Fifth Avenue

Beautiful, cool, and kind—few people can claim that magical triumvirate (and naturally, those who could never would). Kick Kennedy is one of those people. For the March issue of Quest, we had the pleasure of shooting Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy at 212 Fifth Avenue, an iconic pre-war, neo-Gothic landmarked building and newly converted luxury condominium at the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and Madison Square Park. Designed in 1912 by renowned architects Schwartz & Gross as a commercial space and masterfully restored by Helpern Architects, the 24-story building is clad in stately limestone and houses apartments that are open, expansive, and inspiringly loft-like, including a multi-level rooftop penthouse with two levels of outdoor space offering spellbinding views of Manhattan in every direction. For the residences at 212 Fifth, listed exclusively by Nikki Field of Sotheby’s International Realty, no attention to detail was spared: there are double-sized windows, Chevron-patterned floors of solid rift-and-quartered oak, Calacatta marble tops, generous thresholds, and even custom brass-finish door handles based on a 1934 Walter Gropius design.

Speaking of storied histories moving into the modern day, Kick may be the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (her grandmother is Ethel Kennedy, and her great-aunt is Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, after whom she is named), but she is not one to lie back and rest on her family’s laurels. Kick is, well, quite a “kick.” Sometimes I like to call her “Kickles,” just to watch her break into a clever grin. Like her great-aunt Kathleen, who volunteered for the Red Cross, Kick is not only fetching and full of vigor (with an exciting hint of rebellion), but she also gives back to her community. As Legacy Ambassador for the Waterkeeper Alliance, which protects and enhances global waterways, Kick is devoted to maintaining clean water all over the world. She even hiked Mount Kilimanjaro with actors Emile Hirsch and Jessica Biel in 2010 to help raise water shortage awareness. And yes, she is also related to that other pretty, petite, and ever stylish brunette—Jackie Kennedy—Kick’s great-aunt through marriage. It was hard not to draw similarities as delicate and spirited Kick lounged around one of the Pembrooke & Ives–designed modern residences at 212 Fifth. We couldn’t tell which was more inspiring: the sweeping vistas of iconic landmarks like the Flatiron Building, MetLife Tower Clock, Empire State Building, and Madison Square Park—or the sight of Kick in killer looks from the Spring 2017 runways