By Carter B. Horsley
This handsome, dark brown-brick,
apartment tower was erected in 1974 and converted to a cooperative
The 25-story tower has only 40 apartments,
most with balconies with attractive metal railings.
This doorman building is setback in its own
landscaping plaza, a rarity on Madison Avenue. While many critics
have attacked the plazas in many of the city's residential towers
for being either not attractive or of little public benefit, this
one is pleasantly landscaped and is not bad because Madison Avenue
has fairly narrow sidewalks. Furthermore, much to this building's
credit, its planters are not spiked!
Many apartments on upper floors have spectacular
views to west, south and east. In 1987, the view to the north
were filled with the handsome new tower across the sidestreet
at 35 East 80th Street. The building is located on a very attractive,
quiet street and is just to the west of a synagogue.
It is convenient to the Metropolitan Museum
of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. There are many
fine boutiques, art galleries and restaurants in the vicinity
and P.S. 6, one of the city's finest public schools, is one block
north. There is good cross-town bus service on 79th Street, although
the nearest subway station is several blocks away. It is two doors
up the avenue from a small building that for several decades until
2000 housed the Madison Pub, one of the Upper East Side's nicest
small, paneled bars and restaurants.
When this building, which has no garage, opened
it was something of a high-rise pioneer on upper Madison Avenue
and despite its very excellent location it had some trouble filling