Upper East Side

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Last year, Katie Couric and her husband of nearly two years, financier John Molner purchased a five-bedroom full-floor apartment at the Peter Pennover-designed 151 East 78th Street, paying $12,168,087. Now, the New York Post reports that the celebrated news anchor’s longtime home at 1155 Park Avenue is for sale. The 10-room co-op, listed for $8.25 million, has five bedrooms and high ceilings, large windows, original parquet flooring and treetop views over Park Avenue’s famous tulip gardens. The classic Upper East Side full-service building offers a 24-hour doorman and a fitness center among its perks.

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Architecture, Design, Manhattan, Upper East Side

27 East 79th Street, Beaux-Arts, condos

27 East 79th Street, renderings courtesy of Adellco

The Upper East Side‘s 79th Street, stretching between Madison and Fifth Avenues, remains known for its architecturally beautiful 19th and early 20th-century homes. Now, as CityRealty learned, the stretch of street will soon gain its first condominium at 27 East 79th Street, also the block’s first new building in 40 years. The Parisian-inspired, 15-story building will have interiors designed by Cabinet Albert Pinto, whose trademark style mixes old-world luxury with modern design. The firm’s previous clients include the French President and royal families of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Albert Pinto’s team, run by Linda Pinto, will be working with local firm, HTO Architects.

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Architecture, condos, New Developments, Upper East Side

CityRealty previously reported on the highly anticipated–and visually unique–skyscraper rising at 180 East 88th Street. Developers DDG want the 50-story condominium tower to stand apart from the sea of glass towers rising on the Upper East Side, and renderings show that the building’s design is indeed a breathtaking departure from the average both inside and out, from herringbone-patterned brickwork to each unit’s herringbone floors imported from Austria. As an example of the project’s unmatched level of individuality and attention to detail, DDG is working with a series of artists, including the renowned stucco artist Jan Hooss, who is creating an intricate plasterwork installation above the fireplace that will anchor the building’s lobby. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, the artist has worked with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at Chateau Miraval. DDG CEO Joseph McMillan told CityRealty, “We wanted something unique and different for this building which is why we went with stucco art.”

Watch a video of the artist describing his work for Brad Pitt and for the new building

Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Rising high above the Upper East Side and Central Park, the iconic tower of the The Hotel Carlyle at 35 East 76th Street has symbolized old-world elegance and society glamour since it was built in 1929. This two-bedroom co-op on the market for $6.495 million puts all the comforts of home in the hands of the hotel’s attentive staff, giving residents access to housekeeping, a concierge, doorman, valet, 24/7 room service, a phone operator, an engineer, IT support, shipping, a courtesy car, a garage, a spa and salon and a fitness center, plus banquet and conference facilities. Just downstairs are the famed Bemelmans bar–named for Ludwig Bemelmans artist and author of the “Madeline” series of children’s classics (his mural adorns the walls of the establishment)–and Cafe Carlyle.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Currently comprised of four apartments–two triplexes and two single-floor units—the seller of this impressively ornate 1903 townhouse at 7 East 88th Street hopes potential buyers will see it as a $29.95 million opportunity to create a grand Upper East Side single-family mansion. Situated just down the block from the Guggenheim, this stunning historic building comes with proposed single-family floor plans if you need any help visualizing life on five stories (plus an English basement) from the solarium to the basement gym. If five stories seem daunting, an elevator makes things easier.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

One of several high-profile homes for a high powered creative couple and their three children, this sprawling apartment at 170 East End Avenue is both a perfect canvas for a very serious art gallerist and collector and a home that is lacking exactly nothing, including river, bridge and skyline views, 5,000 square feet of interior space, 20 foot ceilings, 13 rooms, a 150-bottle wine cellar, several terraces, a teak gazebo and a pond with its own waterfall. Indeed “truly remarkable,” with interiors by renowned architect Peter Marino, the condominium, just listed for $16.5 million, has 2,186 square feet of landscaped private terraces, six bedrooms plus a library, formal dining, an eat-in kitchen, a home office, studies and lounges–all in a full-service Upper East Side building with amenities galore.

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Celebrities, More Top Stories, Upper East Side, yorkville

Barack and Michelle Obama via Wiki Commons; One of 10 Gracie Square’s terraces overlooking the East River, via CityRealty

Yorkville’s 10 Gracie Square is considered “one of New York City’s most prestigious addresses” and “the most desirable residential building overlooking Carl Schurz Park,” over the years attracting the likes of Alexander Woollcott, conductor Andre Kostelanetz, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek. And now Barack and Michelle Obama may be added to that list, as “multiple sources” told the Post that the former President and First Lady were seen arriving at the Upper East Side building to view apartments. The co-op, located just down the block from the Mayor’s residence Gracie Mansion, has plenty of perks that would likely attract the Obamas, including an indoor basketball court for the hoops-loving Prez, pet-friendly policy (we can’t imagine they’d leave Bo behind), and a super-secure underground drive-in garage that would allow them to enter privately.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side

This impossibly spacious three-bedroom duplex maisonette in a gracious Upper East Side pre-war co-op at 520 East 86th Street is really a “best of both worlds” situation. For the price of $4,755 million, you get the privacy and space of townhouse living on two floors, three bedrooms and your own private entrance with its own address. You also get the convenience of a full-time doorman and a chance to live in a covetable Manhattan co-op.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

The listing tells us this six-story townhouse at 140 East 65th Street on the Upper East Side, with 18 rooms accessible by a wood-paneled elevator, is “the antithesis of the familiar, plain-vanilla, cookie-cutter developer spec house,” and we’d have to agree. Asking $13.5 million, its 7,000 interior square feet and 900 square feet of private outdoor space are brimming with magnificent design details that include one of the finest private gardens in Manhattan, designed by the Curator of Japanese Gardens at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

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Architecture, New Developments, Starchitecture, Top Stories, Upper East Side

249 East 62nd Street, Rafael Vinoly, New Developments, upper East Side

Google Earth aerial rendering of 249 East 62nd Street’s proposed massing, via CityRealty

Real Estate Inverlad’s in-the-works residential project at 249 East 62nd Street is now one less ZD1 diagram away from being a reality. CityRealty reports that the customary diagram is now on file, giving us a look at the tower’s proposed bulk–and the Department of Buildings has found the project, even with a few clever tricks up its sleeve, compliant with the city’s zoning laws. The diagram shows that the skyscraper will elevate a number of the units within by using  an octagonally-shaped core, periscope style, to peer out over their Upper East Side neighbors towards Central Park and the East River.

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