205 East 59th Street
205 East 59th Street, New York City, NY
|205 East 59th Street|
Exterior of 205 East 59th Street
|Developer||The Zucker Company|
|Number of Units||62|
|Number of Floors||27|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|205 East 59th Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
Situated in Midtown East at the lower portion of the Upper East Side, 205 East 59th Street is a high-rise condominium tower at the corner of 59th Street and Third Avenue. Completed in 2004, this structure offers 62 residences, and encompasses a site block that was formerly occupied by the Coronet and Baronet movie theaters.
The building was developed by The Zucker Company and designed by architect Richard Dattner, who created an modern and contemporary design with many angular windows and rounded balconies across the tower.
The building's residences offer expansive views of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and city views of Lexington Avenue, the East River, and Central Park. There are many different layouts and sizes offered in the building, the majority of which are two bedrooms, and each is consistent with modern remote controlled gas fireplaces and upscale finishes.
The building offers an extensive list of modern amenities that include a 5,795 square foot dog park, a full-time concierge and doorman, garden, a fully-equipped fitness center, a common roof deck, children's playroom and basement storage.
205 East 59th Street is situated in the lower section of the Upper East Side, just south of Lenox Hill and West of the Sutton Place neighborhood. Situated at East 59th Street at Third Avenue, the building is located directly off the 59th Street Bridge, which leads to Long Island City and the eastern suburban areas. The building is very central and is just a few blocks west of the southern portion of Central Park.
Neighborhood gems that are within walking distance from the building include Tramway Plaza, where the Roosevelt Tramway Station offers a quick and fun commute to Roosevelt Island, as well as Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and Wollman Rink for outdoor ice skating at Central Park. Some nearby eateries that are well-known in the area include Club A Steak House, Naked Pizza, and Rosa Mexicano. Nearby grocery stores and markets include Simply Food and Central Market Deli.
The Rockefeller University is situated just a few blocks north east at the shore of the East River. Marymount Manhattan College and Hunter College are also located nearby the building, and other nearby schools of different levels include Arts and Design High School, Beekman Hill International, Cathedral High School, Christ Church Day School, and Bright Horizons.
There are many different public transit stations nearby, including three metro subway stations virtually at the doorstep of the building, as well as the Roosevelt Island Tram Station. Car and bike share programs, such as CitiBike, are also located within walking distance from the residence.
This modern, 27 story high-rise structure has a salmon colored brick exterior facade and curved exposures with wide, curved balconies and angular corner windows. The building's entrance is situated on West 59th Street, which is a narrow tree-lined street offering one-way traffic. The entrance is situated to the side of the protruding, square glass retail space, and offers a glass-canopy entryway that is supported by stainless steel pipes.
The entrance also features spa-like details of stone, landscaping with bamboo trees, and a wall of cascading water that leads to the sliding lobby doors. The lobby is quite elegant with golden granite flooring, back-lit white onyx panels at the ceiling, and a curved concierge desk that sits in front of a stainless steel bead design feature.
The landscaping throughout the common outdoor areas and garden, including the "pooch park" on the fifth floor of the building, was designed by Thomas Balsey Associates. The first two floors of the building encompass retail needs, and the third floor is where the fitness center is situated.
The building's exterior cladding is mainly glass with its many large windows and multiple columns of protruding glass balconies. The structure's square, glass base is wider and deeper than the remainder of the tower, providing both a place for the outdoor, dog-friendly amenity park, as well as lending to an overall design that encompasses elegance and sturdiness.
Layout and Features
Many different sized layouts are offered at 205 East 59th Street, many of which are one and two bedroom floor plans. Each of the residences offer large windows with plenty of natural light, and many also feature large outdoor balconies.
Functional floor plans include large living spaces, entry ways that lead directly into living or kitchen areas, and kitchens that have an open concept and flow naturally into the living area, which also makes for a great entertaining space.
Over sized ceiling heights at 10 feet allow for an overall feeling of openness. Modern finishes include oak hardwood floors, remote-controlled gas fireplaces, modern kitchen finishes, marble bathrooms, great amounts of closet space with master walk-in closets, and in-suite washers and dryers.
Kitchens offer custom wood cabinetry with wood-paneled fridges that blend in seamlessly, stone counter tops with under mount sinks and islands that also serve as breakfast bars. Stainless steel appliances with gas cook tops are also featured in each kitchen, as well as dishwashers and custom, recessed lighting.
Many of the kitchens are also windowed for additional natural lighting. Master bedrooms are well-appointed in size, some of which lead directly to the balcony. En-suite bathrooms are spa-like with their marble surrounds, counter tops, standing showers, and seperate soaker tubs. 
There are 34 floor plans available for 205 East 59th Street. Here is a brief overview.
Amenities offered at 205 East 59th Street include:
- Full-time Doorman
- Central Air Conditioning
- Common Garden
- Health Club
- Common Roof Deck
- 5,795 Square Foot Dog Park
- Children's Playroom
- On-site Storage
|205 East 59th Street Bylaws|
- 205 East 59th Street is a pet-friendly building
- Sublets and pied-a-terre are allowed
- There are no age restrictions on ownership
The community created at 205 East 59th Street is largely due to the boutique and spa-like amenities offered within the residents' own building, which encourages them to stay local while enjoying the many outdoor areas and indoor amenities. Although the amenities offered do not increase the building to a high-energy building, they still providing the key necessities to improve the community feel.
The many nearby public transit stations also provide a key opportunity for residents to maintain a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. Daily vehicle commuting is virtually unnecessary while living at 205 East 59th Street, with its central and convenient location within walking distance to almost everything.
For residents who require vehicle commuting, there are car share programs in the neighborhood that utilize low-emission vehicles. There are also bike share programs to enjoy the easily cycled neighborhood.
The interiors in the building feature the following:
- Energy star appliances
- Gas cook tops
- Low-energy lighting
- Natural light sources
- Large, double-pane windows
- In-unit washers and dryers
- Flow conscious bathroom fixtures
- Sustainable hardwood, stone, and marble finishes
The site of 205 East 59th Street has an interesting history which is said to be the site where "modern architecture met the movies for the first time."
The two now demolished theaters on this site were the Baronet and Coronet Theaters, which rested just to the south of Cinema I and Cinema II theaters. The theaters were designed by Abraham W. Geller & Associates and opened in 1962. The Baronet and Coronet Theaters were opened a few years after Cinema I and Cinema II. The Baronet and Coronet Theaters were roughly the same size as the first two theaters, but were more distinguished and exciting in style. Together these four theaters paired with three other individual movie theaters within two blocks, creating a substantial entertainment district in the Upper East Side.
The neighborhood soon became a bustling neighborhood of entertainment, nightlife, and restaurants. Across the street from the site of 205 East 59th Street - and then the theaters - is now occupied by a Bloomingdale's, but was for many years an Alexander's department store. This site has now been overtaken by Vornado Realty Trust who built One Beacon Court, a mixed-use skyscraper designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, and one of the tallest in the area.
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