By Carter B. Horsley
Surrounded by museums and Central
Park, this handsome structure is one of the city's nicest "white-brick,"
post-war apartment buildings.
It occupies a prime site on
Fifth Avenue directly north of the spectacular Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum. As a result, its long side-street facade has very dramatic
views of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright museums curves and
handsome modern addition as well as more privacy and Central Park
views than most sidestreet exposures.
It also benefits from being
able to look at the very handsome building at 2 East 88th Street,
which has one of the citys best watertank enclosures on
the other side of the famous museum.
This 21-story building, which
was erected as a cooperative in 1961 and has 57 apartments.
In addition to the landmark
Guggenheim to the south, the National Academy is immediately adjacent
in the very attractive former Archer Huntington mansion to the
north and an wing of the National Academy just to the east on
89th Street. One block north, furthermore, is the impressive,
fenced garden of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum that
was formerly the mansion of Andrew Carnegie after whom the Carnegie
Hill neighborhood was named.
This building has an attractive,
canopied entrance with a doorman and a concierge and several terraces.
It is close to many private schools and Madison Avenue has several
attractive restaurants and a good supermarket nearby. In addition,
the building is very convenient to the running track around the
reservoir in Central Park, which has a major entrance at 90th
Although the Guggenheim museum
generates considerable pedestrian traffic, this area is one of
the quietest on Fifth Avenue as parades do not go further north
than 86th Street and the Central Park transverse road entrances
and exits are a few blocks away to the south.
In 2009 a large curved window
was added to a high terrace along the sidestreet.