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Architecture, Art, Events, Midtown East, Top Stories

All photos courtesy of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Tickets officially go on sale today for Summit One Vanderbilt, the Midtown East tower’s 1,000+ foot observation deck. Previously, we got a look at the two skyboxes that allow guests to stand on completely transparent glass 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue, and now developer SL Green has revealed even more of the sky-high attractions, including an all-glass outdoor elevator (yes, even the floor!) that travels up the side of the building to over 1,200 feet. But perhaps most mesmerizing is an art installation called Air created by Kenzo Digital. Covered on three sides, along with the floor and ceiling, in mirrors, the multisensory experience challenges one’s perception of space and immerses the guest within the fabric of the skyline. 

See it all here

Celebrities, Midtown East, Recent Sales

All photos courtesy of Anastassios Mentis/Brown Harris Stevens

Listed a little over a month ago, Gloria Vanderbilt’s former Midtown East apartment is now in contract. As reported by the New York Post, the two-bedroom home at 30 Beekman Place was asking $1,125,000, with monthly maintenance fees of $4,311. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, the son of the late heiress/businesswoman/artist, put his mom’s apartment on the market in early August.

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Cool Listings, Midtown East

Listing photos by Amanda James / DDReps

Living in Midtown South might not be every New Yorker’s dream, but for a Manhattan newbie who works nearby and is looking to buy a starter pad, this $500,000 studio is perfect. Located at 159 Madison Avenue, between East 32nd and 33rd Streets, the apartment is within walking distance to almost all of Midtown. Plus, it’s got a huge arched window that brings in tons of lights, as well as very good closet space.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Midtown East

All photos courtesy of Anastassios Mentis/Brown Harris Stevens

The apartment in Midtown East where Gloria Vanderbilt lived for nearly 25 years is for sale. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, the son of the late heiress-businesswoman-artist, is selling the three-bedroom, two-bath residence at 30 Beekman Place for $1,125,000, as first reported by the New York Times. Filled with artwork and family treasures, much of the apartment has remained the same since Vanderbilt’s death in 2019 at the age of 95.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Midtown East

All renderings courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Here’s an opportunity to live in a luxury Manhattan rental for cheap (relatively). The Gilroy, a new 40-story tower at 232 East 54th Street, is currently accepting housing lottery applications for 40 middle-income apartments, set aside for New Yorkers earning 70 and 130 percent of the area median income. Available apartments start at $1,281/month for a studio, $1,375/month for a one-bedroom, and $1,660/month for a two-bedroom.

Find out if you qualify

Architecture, Major Developments, Midtown East, New Developments

Arts programming on 175 Park Avenue’s Graybar Terrace. Image credit: James Corner Field Operations. The artwork shown for illustrative purposes is “The Roses” by Will Ryman

The developers behind the huge tower that will replace the existing Grand Hyatt New York announced last week plans to open up its elevated terraces to the public for events. The Public Art Fund and Lord Cultural Resources will develop a cultural program that will bring art installations, community events, and other programs to 175 Park Avenue, the 83-story mixed-use building proposed by TF Cornerstone and RXR Realty.

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Architecture, Major Developments, Midtown East, Urban Design

175 Park Avenue, looking northeast. Rendering by Ekoomedia, Inc. / Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

In February, we got our first look at the 1,646-foot tower proposed for the Grand Hyatt site next to Grand Central. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the sustainable mixed-use building would rise 83 stories and become the second-tallest tower in NYC behind One World Trade Center. Though 175 Park Avenue takes advantage of the Midtown East Rezoning, developers RXR Realty and TF Cornerstone are still seeking several special zoning permits, including those for hotel use and added height in exchange for transit and infrastructure improvements. To obtain these variances, the project has now entered the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP), and with it, has revealed several new renderings.

All the details here

Events, Midtown East

Photo of Levitation courtesy of SL Green Realty Corp.

This fall, you’ll be able to ride an all-glass elevator up more than 1,000 feet to experience Summit One Vanderbilt, the Midtown tower’s new observation deck that features two glass-floored overhangs. The attraction doesn’t open until October 21, but you can pre-register on its website now for priority access to tickets. Also opening will be an outdoor bar, the highest urban outdoor alpine meadow in the world, and an immersive art installation.

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Architecture, Hotels, Midtown East

Rendering courtesy of Waldorf Astoria New York

It’s been four years since the Waldorf Astoria closed its doors for a restoration and reimagination that will bring 375 luxury condos to the storied landmark. And since then, the team has been teasing out renderings of what we can expect when the Waldorf finally reopens in early 2023. The latest is a look at the Grand Ballroom, one of the largest in NYC (it can accommodate more than 1,000 people) that’s hosted the likes of JFK, Queen Elizabeth II, and Grace Kelly. The Art Deco space is an interior landmark, and the restoration will return it to its 1931 splendor.

More details and views here

Cool Listings, Midtown East

Listing photos by Eitan Gamliely for Sotheby’s International Realty

You may not think of Midtown East as a neighborhood to buy a historic loft, but this two-bedroom co-op at 351 East 50th Street feels like a downtown pad with all of Midtown’s convenience. The full-floor apartment underwent a two-year “floor-to-ceiling renovation down to the studs,” according to the listing, and the resulting product is a truly unique home that is reminiscent of a Parisian flat but with plenty of modern conveniences.

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