This very large, pre-war,
rental apartment building occupies most of the eastern half of
the block bounded by Madison and Fifth Avenues and 86th and 85th
The beige-brick building
has light wells along the avenue and a setback on 86th Street.
It has a very large entrance marquee on 86th Street with a concierge
and a very large but bland lobby. The building was originally
the Croydon Hotel. (Another former hotel on the same blockfront,
the former Adams Hotel at 2 East 86th Street, was converted to
a luxury condominium and was able to get a Fifth Avenue address
even though it is not on the avenue but just to the east of the
new Serge Sabarsky museum of German Expressionist Art at the Fifth
The building has good retail
along the avenue including a Gristede's, a bank and a large stationery
store, but no sidewalk landscaping and its many of its discrete
air-conditioners have been cut through the building's few decorative
spandrels. It has a garage, but no sundeck.
This neighborhood at the
south end of the Carnegie Hill District became very attractive
in the late 1980's and the 1990s with the opening of many boutiques
and several restaurants and the upgrading of a nearby supermarket.
There is excellent neighborhood shopping and many excellent schools
and religious institutions nearby as well as many of the city's
most important cultural institutions. There is excellent west-bound
cross-town bus service on the street, and the east-bound service
has a stop across the avenue. An express subway station is at
There is considerable traffic
along the avenue and especially on 85th Street, which is the approach
to a Central Park cross drive.