By Carter B. Horsley
Gracie Mansion, the mayors residence
since the early 1940s, is just a short distance away in
Carl Schurz Park directly across East End Avenue from this 21-story
As a result, security here is superb and so
are the dramatic views that also include picturesque vistas of
Long Island Sound and its bridges.
Beth Israel Hospital North is on the next block
south and Henderson Place, one of the citys prettiest streets
of townhouses on 86th Street and some of the citys best
schools are also nearby.
Built in 1961, this large cooperative building
has 155 apartments, many with large balconies, many of which have
been enclosed. Beneath the attractive watertank enclosure on the
roof, the penthouses have small curved battlements. Many of the
balconies are at the corners of the building with two exposures
and a few are on the sidestreets.
Commensurate with its prime East End Avenue
location, the building has a large and attractive lobby. The entrance
has a driveway and a handsome curved white marble enclosure framing
the front door and that enclosure is framed with windows set in
dark polished granite.
The building, which is known as Gracie Towers,
was designed by Sylvan and Robert Bien. It has a 20-by-40-foot
rooftop swimming pool, which was reported to be the first of its
kind in apartment buildings in the city.