By Carter B. Horsley
Although many academic urban
planners have been disenchanted with the "Towers in a Park"
urban design schemes of Le Corbusier, the famed architect, the
marketplace appreciates tall buildings with great views and this
stretch of York Avenue is one of the best such examples.
Several luxury apartment towers
line the west side of the avenue from the high 80's to the low
90's and all offer fabulous views of the East River, the Triborough
Bridge and Long Island Sound. All of the towers were erected by
Glenwood Management, which specializes in full-service luxury
post-war rental apartment towers.
All these buildings also have
many good views in other directions as well because the mid-block
buildings to the west are low-rise.
The views are not the only
attraction here as the neighborhood is quiet and the Asphalt Green
recreational center is across the avenue and Carl Schurz Park,
which has an esplanade along the river, is only one block to the
Erected in 1985, the Barclay
is 38 stories high and unlike the other towers along this stretch
it has two setbacks at the north and south and a tall, though
plain, watertank enclosure provides a nice symmetry. The slab
form of the tower is also modulated by columns of bay windows
in the center of its facades. The building's addresses are 1755
York Avenue and 437 East 91st Street
The building has a health club,
a sundeck, a 24-hour doorman, a bicycle room, storage space, video
security, a private garden, a children's playroom, attended service
entrance, and a free shuttle to the subway on 86th Street at Lexington
Avenue. It has 329 apartments and was designed by Philip Birnbaum.
Valet and maid service are optional.
There is excellent cross-town
bus service on 86th Street with a stop nearby.