When this 31-story, dark
brown-brick rental apartment building was erected in 1978, the
stretch of Third Avenue between 86th Street, the "main street"
of Yorkville, and 96th Street, was in transition from a low-rise
environment with numerous tenements to a lively high-rise enclave.
In recent years, the area
has matured into one of the more desirable ones in the city because
of its convenient public transportation, excellent neighborhood
shopping and proximity to many schools. Much of the lively character
of Yorkville has gone, however, and been replaced with rather
This was one of the earlier
large buildings along this stretch. It contains 402 apartments
and was developed by the Milstein Organization. It is convenient
to public transportation, neighborhood shopping and numerous restaurants
in the area. A cineplex is across the avenue and the William Doyle
auction house is half a block away to the west on 87th Street.
The building has a health
club and pool, a sundeck, a concierge, a doorman, video security,
valet service, a mid-block driveway, a garage and a bicycle room.
It has no balconies or terraces and is not close to parks.
The building's tower is setback on a two-story
retail base and the building's entrance is at its rear, eastern
side under a two-story marble colonnade facing its through-block
driveway. The free-standing tower also has a landscaped plaza
on the east side of its driveway. Given all its amenities, it
is a shame that the tower is so bland and unattractive. The dark
brown brick facades, however, are handsome and since it was erected
it has been surrounded by more interesting towers and the neighborhood
has undergone quite a nice transformation.