“Master builder” Robert Moses–he of the 13 expressways that crisscross New York City–spent the 1970s living with his wife, Mary Grady Moses, in a three-bedroom co-op at 1 Gracie Terrace in Yorkville on Manhattan’s Upper East Side (h/t NYPost). We can see how the home’s sweeping river views would inspire the subject of Robert Caro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York,” when pondering the conflicting issues of a complicated and changing city. The apartment is now for sale asking $1.95 million.
Moses lived at the apartment until his death in 1981 at the age of 92. The home has since been updated, of course, but it still offers a spot at the river’s edge to watch the boats and bridges from an expansive terrace.
A gracious entry foyer opens onto a large dining area with a bar and a wall of custom wood cabinetry. The apartment features an updated, windowed kitchen with custom finishes and high-end appliances.
A spacious master bedroom with river views with an en-suite bath has loads of closets and built-ins galore (but any serious master builder can add more of his or her own, of course).
The full-service building is located on a quiet cul-de-sac overlooking the East River promenade and Carl Schurz Park, just a short walk to the new Second Avenue Subway entrance. Amenities include a live-in resident manager, a garage, a newly installed courtyard garden, a gym, a bike room, a laundry room and additional storage in the basement.
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