modern 28-story building may be the best-looking of the few towers
erected on Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side after World War
It was erected
in 1987, thirteen years after the red-brick tower directly across
the street at 40 East 80th Street and six years after the smaller
tower at 1080 Madison Avenue just up the avenue across from P.S.
It was designed
by Leibman Leibman Associates and developed by Alvin Dworman,
Aaron Waxman, Shepard Forest and others.
Center, it has a rakish slant to its top, in this instance facing
towards Central Park a park away to the west.
One of its
handsomest virtues is its limestone facade. While the truly elegant
pre-war buildings were customarily clad totally in limestone,
the eye-level' approach of recent decades assumed that pedestrians
were too scared to raise their eyes off the ground. While this
building may not conjure the white fantasies of the City Beautiful
movement that was ushered in by the Great Chicago Exposition of
1893, it was a most welcome departure from the recent norm as
well as an sincere and quite effective attempt to be modern, especially
at a time when Post-Modern designs were flourishing.
this "clean-cut" project has several double-height units
facing the sidestreet, which is one of the city's nicest. Such
double-height "studio" units are very rare on the Upper
also features very large windows, excellent retail space, and
a sitting ledge at its base, which is very attractive and unusual.
the units have whirlpool baths and bidets and all have intrusion
alarms and TV security.