This 22-story apartment
building occupies the west blockfront of Sutton Place South between
54th and 55th Streets and its red-brick facade with many balconies
is a handsome mate to the rather similar building just to the
south across 54th Street, 60 Sutton Place South (see The
City Review article).
With their many balconies
and white trim, both buildings are rather cheery and quite pleasant
in their rather liberal and "modern" take on Colonial
style. The impact of "Modernism" and its emphasis on
clean lines and a "white" pristine look after World
War II resulted in the proliferation of many "white-brick
monstrosites," which did not arouse much ire at the time
because of a general "cultural" enthusiasm for the "new"
The Sutton Place ambiance
here is superb: quiet, understated and elegant. Although some
of the riverfront properties here have their own impressive gardens,
there is a nice, small park at 54th Street overlooking the river
as well as another at the terminus of 57th Street where there
is also a crosstown bus stop.
The undeniable charm of
the area has always made its residents superfluous to the less
than magnificent blocks between it and midtown. The area is never
crowded except for July 4th when Macy's holds its spectacular
fireworks display further down the river and hordes come for the
excellent vantage points.
River views from this area
have always been heralded for the romantic Queensborough Bridge,
but in the late 1990's they became more interesting because of
the new high-rise towers at Queens West, a major residential development
in Queens across from the United Nations.