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Cannon Point North

25 Sutton Place South

Southeast corner at 55th Street

25 Sutton Place South

25 Sutton Place South

By Carter B. Horsley

One of two nearly identical apartment towers on the east blockfront of Sutton Place South between 54th and 55th Street, Cannon Point North was built in 1959 and converted to a cooperative in 1973.

This building has a warm orange-pink brick facade in contrast to the white-brick facade of Cannon Point South, just to the south. This building also has a one-story, red, polished granite base flanking its recessed, landscaped and canopied entrance. Its rather unusually colored facade has held up well over the years and while not as rich as red it is not as garish as one might have thought originally.

Entrance

Entrance

The 320-unit, 21-story building, which is cantilevered over the FDR Drive, is one story taller and has 43 apartments more than Cannon Point South.

While the facades of these two buildings are relatively plain, the large windows and slightly modulated fronts are quite attractive and pleasant, and the Sutton Place ambiance is superb: quiet, understated and elegant. Although some of the riverfront properties here have their own impressive gardens, there is a nice, small park also at the terminus of 57th Street where there is also a cross-town bus stop.

The undeniable charm of the area has always made its residents superfluous to the less than magnificent blocks between it and midtown. The area is never crowded except for July 4th when Macy's holds its spectacular fireworks display further down the river and hordes come for the excellent vantage points.

River views from this area have always been heralded for the romantic Queensborough Bridge, but in the late 1990's they became more interesting because of the new high-rise towers at Queens West, a major residential development in Queens across from the United Nations.

For more information on Cannon Point South at 25 Sutton Place South check its entry at CityRealty.com

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