By Carter B. Horsley
One of the new bastions of Third Avenue, this
imposing tower offers spectacular corner bay windows and a full
panoply of luxury amenities.
The building was originally called the Milro
Tower using the first three letters of the last name of two of
the developers, Paul and Seymour Milstein, and the initials of
the third developer, the estate of Robert Olnick.
The 50-story tower, which was completed in
late 1987, has a midblock, low-rise base whose curved roof houses
a large health club and pool. The project, which contains 308
condominium apartments, was designed by Ulrich Franzen & Associates
and Philip Birnbaum & Associates.
The proportions of the tower are excellent
and the dark corner balconies neatly frame its not unattractive
Its location is at the epicenter of the newer
Upper East Side.
The roof has an open structure
on which many telecommunications "dishes" are supported,
a bit like a Easter hat. The cluster of dishes is not neatly arranged,
which gives the top a rather dashing, windblown look.
The base of the building is rather handsomely
unified in bronze-looking metal trim, which has nothing to do
stylistically with the rest of the project, but is one of the
better looking street frontages along the avenue and there is
a large driveway on the sidestreet. The building's lobby is double-height
and lined with lacquered dark wood.