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.