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31 East 72nd Street

Northeast corner at Madison Avenue

31 East 72nd Street

31 East 72nd Street

By Carter B. Horsley

This very handsome, 14-story building was erected in 1916 and converted to a cooperative in 1958. It has 35 apartments.

The building has a limestone facade that is distinguished by large quoins. The northwest corner of the building on the avenue is a bit unusual because it has double quoins.

It is directly across 72nd Street from the former Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo building that is now the Ralph Lauren store and it is directly across the avenue from the very impressive luxury apartment building at 19 East 72nd Street whose limestone facade it complements.

The doorman building has a canopied entrance and a frieze across the top of its roofline. It permits protruding air-conditioners and one of its retail tenants, William Graham Arader III, has a "baby" canopy adjacent to the entrance on 72nd Street. The building has inconsistent fenestration, no garage, no balconies and no sidewalk landscaping.

It is close to a major entrance to Central Park and not far from several major museums and art galleries. Cross-town bus service is convenient as are many boutiques and restaurants in this prime Lenox Hill area, which is not, however, close to a subway station.

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