By Carter B. Horsley
One of the first luxury high-rise towers in
the area, Gracie Plaza at 1725 York Avenue is distinguished by
its unusual zig-zag pattern of corner balconies that give the
building a very aggressive and interesting sculptural form.
The balconies overlap but alternate their long
sides on different sides of the building so that each one is not
overshadowed completely by the one immediate above, an intelligent
and surprisingly not often imitated model.
The impressive, 35-story building was also
one of the first in the area to have its own driveway and double-height,
Built in 1971, the 256-unit building was converted
to a cooperative in 1984.
The building has stunning vistas of the Gracie
Mansion area, the East River and the many bridges of Long Island
Sound. It is also very near the Asphalt Green recreational center
The building, which also has the addresses
of 429 East 89th Street and 436 East 90th Street, also has a garage,
tennis courts, a doorman, a concierge and a gym.
Its strong massing is nicely accented by the
two bands of light-colored stone at its base. It was designed
by Horace Ginsbern & Associates.