Category Archives: Upper East Side

Stylish Manhattan Retreats

Buying a condo on the Upper East Side?
What amenities are you looking for before you settle into your new condo?
Main residence or a metropolitan second home, everyone seems to be looking for the same things… convenience, class, and couture. Sometimes we want a penthouse with an interior that reminds us of our country homes, and other times we may be looking for a full floor residency that is the complete opposite of our Villa in St.Barts… Whatever the case somewhere in Manhattan is the perfect Condo or Co-op for everyone! …

First Day on the Market, 4BR in the Azure Sells

The Azure NYC Penthouse

Brokers have announced the sale of a four bedroom almost-penthouse in the Azure, a newish condo building on the northern end of the Upper East Side. This sale is of personal interest to me, because I live near the building and walk past it a few times a week.

The Azure was completed in 2008 at a very unfortunate time, and has since been slightly discounted to reflect the nationwide recession (okay–who are we kidding? Worldwide recession). Since Manhattan prices are starting to inch up, and the local economy has recovered …

The Changing Faces of 113 E. 90th Street

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I have waxed lyrical about Upper East Side townhouses before. The area has preserved a number of classical, European-inspired homes from the pre-war and inter-war periods that have been cherished throughout the decades. It’s not unusual for these buildings to change shape and purpose over time, with each permutation being another chapter in the building’s history.
Developments at 113 E. 90th street have been particularly newsworthy, because the property had been the home of the Allan Stone Gallery for the past 16 years. The gallery had been a stunning space full of …

960 Fifth Avenue: “Probably the Finest”

 

Looming over the corner of 77th Street and Fifth Avenue, the limestone behemoth at 960 Fifth Avenue is an acknowledged masterpiece of twentieth-century luxury. Robert A. M. Stern, the designer of 15 Central Park West and numerous other elite Manhattan palaces, has acknowledged 960 Fifth Avenue as a source of inspiration. The building was designed by the great architect Rosario Candela, in collusion with the firm of Warren and Wetmore, and completed in 1929.
It remains, according to the New York Observer, “probably the finest apartment house in the country.” Denise LeFrak …

A Tour of Current NYC Museum Exhibitions

For those looking for a cultural experience, there’s always a New York City museum that offers changing exhibitions to surprise and wow the visitor. New York City has some of the greatest museums in the world and they’re only a short distance from just about any neighborhood.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is easily one of the best known places to see a diverse display of artwork from all over the world. Sections in the museum include Asian, African, and British art amongst others. Currently, the museum is offering exhibits for …

Quintessential New Yorkers: Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

 
No art form is more associated with New York than the Broadway musical. Blossoming on and around the Big Street a century ago, what we now call musical theatre began as a synthesis of traditions – European operetta, African-American jazz, and the predominantly Jewish and Irish ethnic humor of vaudeville. Musicals through the 1920s were dynamic but trivial. The following decade, certain innovators occasionally brought substance to the form, notably Oscar Hammerstein (Show Boat) and Marc Blitzstein (The Cradle Will Rock). The watershed Broadway event of the forties was Rodgers …

Five Great Farmer’s Markets

I’m a big fan of farmer’s markets. Not only is the produce cheap and fresh, but you can develop a personal relationship with the people who grow and harvest your food, and learn a lot about how the plants are cultivated while picking up some great recipes and cooking tips. NYC is lucky to be blessed with dozens of great farmer’s markets, and it has become trendy in the city (especially in Brooklyn, where space allows it) to try your hand at small urban gardening. This organic frenzy can be …

Serene Townhouses in the Upper East Side

Curbed.com is reporting about a new townhouse listing on the Upper East Side; the building was once home to Alexis Brink, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and licensed inter-faith minister. Her former townhouse at 165 East 82nd Street is being marketed as an island of “serenity that envelops you once you’ve crossed the threshold” far from the busy city. Serenity doesn’t come cheap, since the building is for sale for $16.5 million.
Of course, the Upper East Side has a range of much cheaper and equally serene digs, if townhouses are your thing:
For $3.4 …

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