Many people consider the
Queensborough Bridge at 59th Street to be the city's most romantic
because of its intricate tracery of steel girders, its Gothic
ornament and the fact that it the most prominent object that can
be seen from Sutton Place apartments facing the East River.
This 21-story building,
which was built as a cooperative in 1962, commands front-row seats
as it is just across the street from the famous bridge. These
views are enhanced by the slow passes of the brightly colored
Roosevelt Island tram on the other side of the bridge. There is
also a very tall chimney close to its north facade.
The building's setting at
the northern end of Sutton Place combines the elegance of that
short street with the drama of the soaring bridge and the activity
beneath it as a large ballfield is across from the building and
is converted to a tented tennis facility during the winter and,
after many years of controversy, a major food emporium, and a
spectacular restaurant, Gustavino's, opened in 1999 under the
bridge's Piranesian arches half a block to the west.
The building, which has
very broad picture windows and an interesting horizontal facade
motif, has 138 apartments.
Pinkish bands accent and modulate its facade
on which some balconies have been enclosed. The pinkish sections
of the facade are similar to the orange-pink facade of Cannon
Point South at 25 Sutton Place South (see The
City Review article). The building has a canopied entrance
with a step-down entrance and a two-story dark granite base with
Although Sutton Place, one
of the city's most desirable residential neighborhoods because
of its proximity to midtown, is far from subways, cross-town buses
run on 57th Street and the area has several small parks, some
of which overlook the river.