21 East 96th Street
Northwest corner at Madison Avenue
21 East 96th Street from the southeast
By Carter B. Horsley
Construction began in 2004 without much fanfare on this
elegant mid-rise building at one of the prime intersections in Carnegie Hill,
just five blocks north on Madison Avenue of a similar project that was the
center of a very protracted and contentious controversy.
The other project, located at 47 East 91st Street, was completed in 2004 after Woody Allen and
other neighbors succeeding in forcing the developer to scale back his
residential project from about 16 to 9 stories. They were successful, in part,
because that site, the northeast corner of the avenue and
At this location, only one of the other three corners is
taller but so is the immediate adjoining building to the west. This site,
moreover, is not in a historic district and this project has apparently not
drawn any community protest, perhaps because it is much more attractive than
the 91st Street project, and also perhaps because it fills in a highly visible
gap along this nice stretch of 96th Street as well as helping lay the
foundations of further gentrification above 96th Street.
An 11-story, red-brick structure with nice white trim around
vertical pairs of windows, it has an attractive neo-Georgian-style design by
Barry Rice and H. Thomas O'Hara that is highlighted by the very handsome
rooftop watertank enclosure. In contrast, the
The building has a one-story limestone base with arched
The building's massing is modulated by stringcourses at the
fourth and 9th floors, setbacks at the 10th floor and an indented center fašade
on the avenue.
Stewart Boesky and Jamison Weiner were the developers.
There is good cross-town bus service at this corner and a
subway station is at
Each apartment in this building is directly accessed from
the elevator and has a grand entrance gallery and ceilings that about 10 feet
high. The building has a 24-hour doorman and a lobby with white marble flooring
in a herringbone pattern with Chamesson honed limestone border and a Doric
column surrounded by limestone walls with bronze ornamental grillwork beneath a
The building has video monitoring in elevator and common areas, a fitness center, a ground floor bicycle and pram room and individual storage units.