By Carter B. Horsley
This very large conversion and rebuilding of
a former warehouse building that was built in 1937 and was mostly
windowless was embroiled in considerable controversy with the
local community not over its size, but over its retail space.
Some local residents were concerned that a large toy store planned
for much of the space might create too much "traffic."
The controversy was resolved and the attractive
red-brick-with-white-trim building opened, with many large windows,
as a condominum in 1996. The main retail tenant is Eli's, which
is part of the Zabar's food organization and it occupies the first
floor and the basement.
The 24-story building, which is considerably
more appealing than the former dark warehouse, has 101 apartments,
most with fairly high ceilings. The buildings tower is set
back from a mid-rise wing on the avenue and many apartments in
the tower have balconies.
The area is one of the most attractive sections
on Third Avenue as several sidewalk cafes and attractive restaurants
are in the immediate vicinity as are other good-looking high-rise
luxury apartment towers.
Cross-town buses run on 79th Street and a local
subway station is at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue, the location
of Lenox Hill Hospital.