In the shadow of some of the biggest real estate deals in Manhattan stands 417 Park Avenue, a luxury residence that Emery Roth designed a century ago. It is the last of 13 high-end apartment houses that once lined the blocks of Park Avenue between 46th and 57th streets. Now, corporate towers dominate that stretch of the avenue, and residents to the north may soon face lucrative buyout offers from developers.
Meghan Markle, the divorcee from Los Angeles now engaged to Britain’s Prince Harry, is a lovely woman. But though the actress has ennobled herself as an advocate for women, she lives in the public eye as a character on “Suits.”
That’s unfortunate, because the cheesy TV series could serve as a primer on how women undermine their careers by the way they dress. Oh, there are other forces working against them in male-dominated industries, but how women present themselves should be an easy hurdle to cross.
It takes only a brief stroll east from Lexington Avenue to step back into 18th century New York. Tucked between the low-rises of E. 61st and the brooding skyscrapers lining the FDR drive, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden is a picturesque reminder of when uptown was a lovely country getaway.
The New York City Police Department reports that New York City is en route to recording the lowest number of murders in a year since the 1950s. And how many of those murders occurred on the Upper East Side? Zero would be the correct answer.
An apartment in a co-op on Park Avenue has been owned by a family member for over seventy years.
The unit was first owned by a cranky bachelor uncle, then it was taken over by his brother, my father. The place was then sold as part of my father’s estate, and, finally, a lesser unit was bought in the same building by a sister.
The tallest building north of 60th street will soon debut in East Harlem, part of a massive project that would redevelop an entire block between Second and First Avenue. In an unprecedented move, the extraordinary height of the development is possible largely because of the transfer of air rights from a park.
Lovers of the Upper East Side know that beauty comes in miniature streetscapes. We don’t have the panoramic vistas of the Grand Canyon (although Park Avenue does offer a splendid long view) . What we do have is great beauty, culture and peace in contained areas. The block of East 70th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues, is one such gem.