Dotted with century-old mansions and storied landmarks, this affluent Upper East Side enclave is immune to market fluctuations, bursting bubbles, and the effects of aging.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 170 East End Avenue; 180 East 93rd Street; Nightingale-Bamford; Sfoglia.
180 EAST 93RD STREET
The historic Carnegie Hill neighborhood abutting Central Park doesn’t take kindly to architectural newcomers, but this building’s façade of bay windows and brick makes it a well-disguised intruder. Step inside any of the nine large apartments, however, and the secret is out: These home-automation systems and ecofriendly appliances weren’t quite in designers’ minds in the prewar days. 180 East 93rd Street, 212-439-5183; 180e93.com.
170 EAST END AVENUE
This 20-story condominium reflects its surroundings— literally. A sheath of glass bisects the structure and creates a mirror effect with views of the East River and Carl Schurz Park, which many of the 90 Peter Marino-designed homes overlook. But don’t get too caught up in the panoramas—the squash court and golf simulator beckon. 170 East End Avenue, 212-628-0600; corcoransunshine.com.
3 EAST 94TH STREET
When can a six-story landmark limestone townhouse that was once home to FDR’s ambassador to the Netherlands be considered “new”? When it gets a top-to-bottom renovation that turns it into an 11,700-square-foot private mansion. Just steps from Central Park, this stunner counts a 50-foot lap pool, a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, and seven fireplaces among its finer features. 3 East 94th Street, 212- 794-3500; 3east94.com.
Proving that different generations can live together in peace and harmony, this old townhouse was combined with a look-alike built next door and shaped into four condo units with rooms bigger than those of many Manhattan apartments. But the site is not for the publicityshy: When Seagram heir Edgar Bronfman Jr. recently sold his Carhart penthouse for $20 million, the news lit up gossip columns like a Lindsay Lohan rehab stint. 3 East 95th Street.
1060 FIFTH AVENUE
It meets all the requirements for Fifth Avenue’s top co-ops—prewar pedigree, drop-dead Central Park views, sprawling, mazelike floor plans—but it has an edge: 1060 Fifth is a block above the starting point of all those noisy parades. Maybe that’s why the building was the site of one of NYC’s largest co-op deals ($48.9 million), and why George Soros paid his ex-wife $24 million to let him keep their apartment after their divorce. 1060 Fifth Avenue.
A neighborhood joint ambitious enough to draw Downtowners, this brasserie gives a youthful shot in the arm to its Yorkville surroundings. A colorful ring of antique seltzer bottles hangs over the long curved bar, and warm weather brings plenty of outdoor seating. 1695 Second Avenue, 212-722-5133; cafedalsace.com.
Photograph by Darrel Frost (NIGHTINGALE-BAMFORD); illustration by dbox (170 EAST END); Darrel Frost (NIGHTINGALE-BAMFORD)