We knew that life was good on Manhattan’s East Side. We now know that it is long, as well. And it’s not just Iris Apfel (pictured above), our indestructible, 95-year-old fashion icon. The city Department of Health just released data showing that residents of the Upper East Side and Murray Hill have the highest life expectancy in the city.
For a long while preservationists kept their gaze mostly west of Lexington Avenue, but with development pressures rocking Second Avenue, they are making up for lost time. Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, a steward of Upper East Side preservation for over thirty years, is moving its mission to Yorkville.
Visiting the Metropolitan Museum on a sunny weekday afternoon is not a recommended activity for agoraphobes. And on a sunny weekend afternoon? Don’t even try if crowds make you apprehensive/annoyed/unhappy.
With its graceful Art Deco spire and mighty eagle hood ornaments, the Chrysler Building has long outshone the taller Empire State Building in aesthetic allure. Designed by William Van Alen and nearing completion in 1930, the Chrysler stood neck-and-neck with its rival, the Manhattan Company Building, for tallest in the world.
(Photo is of photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White atop the Chrysler Building. c. 1930)
Thank you, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, for alerting us to City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s new audit of the city’s POPs — and also for explaining what Privately Owned Public Spaces are.
The photo above of 200 E. 64th Street well illustrates the games building owners play. That area behind the planters is supposed to be open to the public. The developer received over 25,000 square feet of additional floor space in return.