By Carter B. Horsley
This 37-story rental apartment
building is in the lee of River House (see The
City Review article), one of the city's most spectacular,
glamorous and legendary apartment buildings.
River House is a few steps
to the east at the end of the street overlooking the East River
and has a very, very impressive gateway and landscaped driveway
River Court, of course, is of a different generation,
style and economy, but its entrance is pretty impressive as the
slab tower is set back on the site close to 53rd Street and is
approached through a lushly landscaped garden path from 52nd Street
that on its own would be intimidating and gracious.
The brown-brick building was erected by the
Perlbinder family in 1975 and abounds in bay windows that give
its façade considerable rhythm as well as excellent views.
The residents of River House may not enjoy views of River Court
as much as those of River Court enjoy views of River House, but
that is one of the niceties of New York.
This building has 9 apartments a floor, a doorman
and a concierge, a garage, a bicycle room, valet service and video
security. The kitchens and bathrooms were upgraded in 1994.
This is a fairly quiet street although because
it is dead-end there is more traffic than on many other sidestreets.
There are many restaurants in the neighborhood and there are two
parks not far away on Sutton Place to the north and of course
the larger park to the south at the United Nations.
There is considerable traffic on First Avenue,
much of it headed for the Queensborough Bridge.
As far as dark-brown-brick, slad residential
towers go, this is nicely done, especially because of its impressive,
almost Oriental-style entrance. Residents of River House can be
grateful that the developers here did not opt to site the tower
with a north-south orientation, like Harry B. Macklowe did at
River Tower one block to the north (see The
City Review article). This building's walled, gatehouse entry
and large enclosed garden preserve a lot of "light and air"
for this "power" street. It's too bad that the River
House, one of the city's great buildings had to be crowded, of
course, but that's New York.