By Carter B. Horsley
One of the most distinctive post-war apartment
houses on the Upper East Side, this free-standing building has
many angles that give it an unusual form and provide many corner
windows. The building has very handsome balcony railings, its
own curved driveway and a very unusual entrance.
Gracie Mansion, the mayors residence
since the early 1940s, is just a short distance away in
Carl Schurz Park directly across East End Avenue from this 17-story
As a result, security here is superb and so
are the dramatic views that also include picturesque vistas of
Long Island Sound and its bridges. The northernmost building on
East End Avenue, it has major views not only to the east but also
to the north.
Beth Israel Hospital North is two blocks south
on the avenue and Henderson Place, one of the citys prettiest
streets of townhouses on 86th Street, and some of the citys
best schools are also nearby. The 89th Street block between East
End Avenue and York Avenue is quite attractive and the 86th Street
cross-town bus stops at York Avenue and 89th Street.
Built in 1952, this large cooperative building,
which occupies the entire blockfront between 89th and 90th Streets,
was converted to a cooperative in 1980. It has 189 apartments,
many with balconies.
Commensurate with its prime East End Avenue
location, the building has a large and attractive lobby. Its canopied
entrance is held up in part by numerous bent brown pipes in a
curious but interesting design that is a precursor of "high-tech"
design and reminiscent of Le Corbusiers white piping.