Upper East Side

Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Listing photos by Allyson Lubow

5 East 75th Street is a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts mansion just three doors down from Central Park. Now an eight-unit co-op, it exudes that rare, old-world Upper East Side grandeur. But this one-bedroom unit that’s on the market for $2,985,000 feels more like a Parisian atelier, complete with 13-foot ceilings, original moldings, oversized windows, two wood-burning fireplaces, and detailed hardwood floors. Best of all, there’s a nearly 500-square-foot private terrace.

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Listing photos by MW Studio for Sotheby’s International Realty

The beamed ceilings, whitewashed brick walls, and open floorplan make this Yorkville co-op feel more like a downtown loft. In addition to the rustic interiors (the building was once a piano factory) and spacious duplex layout, the three-bedroom home has a lovely sunroom that opens to a huge, almost 800-square-foot terrace. Located at 407 East 91st Street, between 1st and York Avenues, it’s on the market for $1,875,000.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Investor and attorney Donald Schupak gained fame back in 1976 when he oversaw the merger of the ABA and the NBA and garnered a highly lucrative deal for the Spirits of St. Louis. In 2015, he tried to score another deal when he listed his huge Upper East Side co-op at 1050 Fifth Avenue for $30 million. This time, he wasn’t so successful, as it never sold. But he’s now put the seven-bedroom, 7,500-square-foot spread–complete with Central Park views–back on the market for the reduced price of $21 million.

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Restaurants, Upper East Side

Photo courtesy of Serendipity3

Iconic Upper East Side restaurant and general store Serendipity3 opened its doors in 1954, attracting the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and even Jackie O, who is said to have tried to get the recipe for the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. It was also famously featured in the movie Serendipity, along with One Fine Day and Trust The Man. The decadent dessert spot at 225 East 60th Street has been closed for the past year, but this Friday, July 9, it will reopen to the public after a renovation that created a fantastical, pastel dreamscape, complete with hanging antique Tiffany lamps and a funky neon Pegasus.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

This Upper East Side townhouse stands out in a neighborhood of brownstones and pre-war apartment buildings, as its facade is made of 17-inch-thick glass. But don’t be concerned you’ll be living in a fishbowl, as the interior has been designed with privacy in mind. The home has three terraces, a deck off the kitchen with a retractable ceiling for dining under the stars, a grand living room with 20-foot ceilings, and so much more. It also has a garden-floor commercial space if you’re looking for a live/work setup. Located at 368 East 69th Street, it’s available as a $23,000/month rental or to purchase for $12,750,000.

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Restaurants, Upper East Side

Photo of Bemelmans Bar by Don Riddle for The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

One of New York City’s most storied bars will reopen next month following a year-long shutdown. Located inside the historic Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, Bemelmans Bar will welcome guests back to the iconic mural-covered watering hole on May 11, the first time since last March. And for the first time in its nearly 75-year history, Bemelmans is now accepting online reservations.

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Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

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Photo from a previous listing, courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

Bette Midler has sold her massive Upper East Side penthouse, which was last listed for $50 million. The entertainer and her husband, Martin von Haselberg, first bought the 14-room triplex at 1125 Fifth Avenue in the late 1990s, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the sale. Taking up the top three levels of the Emery Roth-designed co-op, the residence measures 7,000 square feet with an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor terraces.

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Art, Events, Museums, Upper East Side

Installation view, The Roof Garden Commission, Alex Da Corte “As Long as the Sun Lasts,” 2021. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Anna Marie Kellen

A 26-foot-tall moving sculpture featuring the Sesame Street character Big Bird has been installed atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the museum’s annual Roof Garden Commission series. Created by Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts exhibition includes a blue-feathered Big Bird sitting on a floating crescent moon and holding a ladder, gazing out at Central Park and the massive towers that dot the skyline. The exhibition will open at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden on April 16 and be on view through October 31.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Listing photos courtesy of Compass

Though Mark Rothko is best known for having a studio down on the Bowery, at the end of his life, he lived in a prestigious townhouse on the Upper East Side, where he put a studio on the top floor. Located at 118 East 95th Street, the beautiful four-bedroom home just hit the market for $7,495,000. It has elegant details all throughout, as well as an extra-large, enchanted garden.

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Listing photos by Mentis Photography for Sotheby’s International Realty

Visions of a medieval castle or Bavarian lodge come to mind when looking at the incredible woodwork throughout this Yorkville maisonette. But all of the hand-carved wood finishes and ceilings were designed by former Columbia University campus architect and architectural history professor Dean Telfer. Located at the pre-war co-op 520 East 86th Street, the three-bedroom duplex is on the market for $2,995,000.

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