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Architecture, Interiors, Upper East Side

Spliced Townhouse in Upper East Side designed by LTL Architects

Connecting the two floors of this Upper East Side townhouse was no easy task for the team at LTL Architects. That’s because six — that’s right, six — distinct floor elevators stood in their way. Not only that, but the levels in the back and front don’t align, making the conversion of separate units into a single-family home even more difficult.

So how did the architects maneuver their way around the multiple obstacles? By installing two stunning staircases that not only tied together the four levels of the 19th-century townhouse, but also double as stand-alone centerpieces.

See how the architects overcome their dilemma

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Upper East Side

50 East 79th St. 16D

When we think of the Upper East Side, this home at 50 E.79th Street is exactly what we imagine: a grand residence with classic lines and Central Park views.

You will feel special from the moment you walk into the marble floored-entrance gallery of this 4BR/4BA corner unit in a Brown & Gunther designed building.  The formal floor plan gives each exquisite room its just due while still allowing for comfortable entertaining. Though tucked away in their own private little world, each section of the expansive living space is easily accessible from the main gallery.

See more of this home’s classic lines

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Upper East Side

Bridge Tower Place, 401 East 60th Street

Remember the Sesame Street segment called “One of These Things is Not Like the Others”? (If you don’t, click here for a reminder). Well, it’s exactly what came to mind as soon as we saw photos of this gorgeous Upper East Side apartment located in Bridge Tower Place at 401 East 60th Street. The lush details in every room conjure up the French baroque style of Versailles with its lavish decoration and romantic elegance. Every room that is, except the beautiful but sorely out of place kitchen.

See why the kitchen doesn’t seem to belong

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

575 Park Avenue PH1606 living room

With four degrees from three ivy league universities, Philip Bobbit might be expected to live in a house lined with bookshelves and filled with piles of marked-up papers.  The author, academic, historian, and public servant, however, kept a pristine space with virtually no clutter to be seen.  But there is a scholarly feel to the 2BR/2BA apartment with its traditional design, formal artwork, and dignified furniture.

Despite its studious charm, Bobbit has sold PH1606 at 575 Park Avenue, known as the Beekman, for $1.325 million.  If the dramatic décor of the penthouse wasn’t enough to entice the buyer, it also features north, east, and south exposures, as well as two custom, operable glass NanaWalls that open onto a gorgeous 45-foot-long outdoor terrace, creating an indoor/outdoor oasis.

Continue your penthouse education ahead

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Architecture, Features, History, Upper East Side

The Carnegie Mansion, now the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Everyone knows Manhattan is all about high-rise condos, tall apartment buildings, and any other kind of building in which people live above other people. But it wasn’t always that way. A hundred years ago, there was still room on this small island for the ultra-rich to build mansions all to themselves, single-family homes with the square footage of a castle. Today many of these buildings, all “Millionaire’s Row” mansions in the Upper East Side, belong to museums and schools, but the question remains: What are the biggest buildings in Manhattan today that were built as single-family homes?

See our list of mansions here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Upper East Side

170 E78th St

Walking through this maisonette located at 170 East 78th Street is akin to going on a wonderful adventure where you’re not quite sure what you will see next. Every room in this tri-level home is filled with unique touches like gorgeous wood paneling surrounding quaint built-ins, ornately enshrined wood-burning fireplaces, and 13-foot ceilings.

Originally built as three separate artist’s studios, this dramatic apartment feels like living in a 30-foot wide townhouse with all the benefits of a full-time doorman.

See more of this magnificent triplex maisonette!

Major Developments, Upper East Side

Frick Museum Expansion Renderings Unveiled

By Aisha Carter, Mon, June 16, 2014

frick collection rendering

The Frick Collection just announced their plans for expansion last week and today they’ve unveiled renderings. The construction, designed by Davis Brody Bond architectural firm – the same firm responsible for the interiors in the 9/11 Museum – plans to expand the space by 60,000 square feet, connecting their Upper East Side mansion with the museum’s art reference library.

More on the massive expansion this way

Celebrities, Interiors, Recent Sales

Walmart heiress, philanthropist, and the 14th richest person in the world, Alice Walton, will be moving into a $25 million duplex condo at 515 Park Avenue. The Post reports that the Walton claimed the 30th and 31st floors of the Lenox Hill co-op building — a unit with 6,346 square feet of space hosting five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a grand staircase, and 52 windows that offer up panoramic views of the city. 515 Park also has its own exclusive kitchen and caterer, Chef Daniel Boulud, and 15 private, climate-controlled wine cellars.

Take a look inside here

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

Egyptian Billionaire Nassef Sawiris 960 5th Ave

David Geffen has been dethroned as the person to have spent the most on a co-op in NYC, ever. Egyptian billionaire, a.k.a. the richest man in Egypt, Nassef Sawiris closed on the pad at 960 Fifth Avenue this afternoon through a listing held by Brown Harris Stevens.

The penthouse apartment was originally going for $65 million earlier this spring, but power brokers Mary Rutherfurd and Leslie Coleman of Brown Harris Stevens managed to squeeze an extra $5 million out of Sawiris in a bidding war. Funnily enough, 960 has been cited as one of the city’s ‘A-plus’ buildings, and in 1997 a New York Times article wrote that most residents in the building “are worth over $100 million” and that apartments cost about $15 million — my how times have changed!

Take a look inside the opulent apartment here

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

251 East 61st Street, Living Room

In one of the city’s most charming residential pockets, a turn-of-the-century townhouse with a lovely combination of historic details and modern touches has sold for $6.25 million through a listing held by the Corcoran Group.

251 East 61st Street is a four-story brick home with an exceptionally rare two-story rear carriage house.  The 5BR/3.5BA townhouse went through a recent renovation that included refinishing the hardwood floors and repainting the front facade and interior walls.

See what else this beauty has in store

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