30 East 85th Street

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30 East 85th Street, New York City, NY

30 East 85th Street
30 E 85th St NYC Exterior 1.jpg

Multi-level Exterior
Building Information
Developer Donald Zucker and Joseph Slifka
Architect Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron
Number of Units 90
Number of Floors 30
Year Built 1987
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
Distance to Public Transit Over 20 walkable options
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C5-1
Title of Land Condominium



30 East 85th Street was built in 1987 and still serves its intended use as a residential building. It is located in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. The National Design Museum (6 blocks from 30 East 85th Street) was originally built as a mansion and fenced garden by Andrew Carnegie, for whom the neighborhood is named.[1] This area has a substantial number of mansions, museums, and other culturally noteworthy locations. Carnegie Hill is part of the larger neighborhood of the Upper East Side. This land which was German-owned farmland in the 1800s, became the location of stylish mansions owned by fashionable New Yorkers in the early 1900s.

Residents of the neighborhood complained about the replacement of mansions by apartments on "Museum Mile" (Fifth Avenue). In early 1922, the city reacted by restricting the height of future structures to 75 feet, about half the height of a ten-story apartment building. Architect J. E. R. Carpenter sued and won, overturning the height restriction in 1923.

New York's upper-class families have made residences on the Upper East Side, including the oil-rich Rockefellers, political Roosevelts, political dynastic Kennedys, thoroughbred racing moneyed Whitneys, and tobacco and electric power fortuned Dukes. The Upper East Side continues to serve as a hot-spot for the wealthy, and now features many high luxury residential buildings.[2]


30 East 85th Street has great access to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, only one block away in Central Park, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum Mile. The city's major museums are concentrated in this area, in addition to fine schools, numerous religious institutions, and distinguished architecture including brownstones and re-purposed mansions.

30 East 85th Street is located at the corner of 85th Street and Madison Avenue. Madison Avenue carries one-way traffic uptown. The street's name is synonymous with the advertising industry.

This building is in a very attractive area, with many trees, but also has notable street noise. Grocery is across the street, and the building is one block north of the beautiful Carnegie Hill Historic District. The area is a walker's paradise, with restaurants and schools a few blocks away. Car and bike shares are incredibly accessible two blocks away.


This locally visible high end building was developed by Donald Zucker and Joseph Slifka. Zucker and Slifka are President and Vice-President, respectively, of Claridge Co., founded in 1977 The company operates residential and non-residential buildings in New York City. The structural engineering firm Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers, P.C. were part of the construction of this building, and are responsible for the spread footing foundation.

Award-winning architects Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron (SLCE) specialise in large scale residential, hospitality, mixed-use, and commercial developments. This high-rise is 132 yards tall, and features rusticated granite piers and cornices, and salmon colored Roman brick.[3] SLCE has become one of the most active architectural firms in New York City, and has expanded to the national market.

Layout and Features

The building features a stylish lobby, and is illuminated on top.

Each unit has spectacular views through large wall-to-wall windows, west toward Central Park, east toward the East River and south to the Midtown skyline.

Many apartments have balconies or terraces to further enjoy the views.[4]

Units have high quality finishing and details. Bathrooms feature whirlpool baths, and many units have washers and dryers.

Ceilings are nine to eleven feet high. There are only three or four units per floor.

Floor Plans

Over 20 floor plans are available. Here is a selection.[5]


Most apartments have washers and dryers.

This building has maid and valet service.[6]

  • Concierge
  • FT doorman
  • Basement storage
  • Full service garage
  • Health club
  • Washer/dryer in building
  • Manned elevator


30 East 85th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes

Air conditioners not allowed.


SLCE Architects have been involved in several Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) constructions, such as Gotham West, an entire city block between West 44th & 45th Streets and 10th & 11th Avenues.

Also LEED certified by SLCE Architects (in collaboration with other architects) are the Solaire and the Visionaire. While there is currently no information regarding the green considerations of 30 East 85th Street, residents can take advantage of New York City's recycling program.[7]


Andrew Carnegie

  • Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919), for whom Carnegie Hill is named, led the expansion of the steel industry in the USA in the late 19th century. Born in Scotland, he emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1848.
  • He was also a well-known philanthropist, who provided the funds for purposes of public interest and social/educational advancement. He established libraries throughout the English-speaking world, the first of which was opened in 1883 in his home town of Dunfermline, Scotland.[8]


  1. City Realty
  2. Wikipedia - Upper East Side
  3. Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron
  4. City Realty
  5. Street Easy
  6. Corcoran
  7. Cosentini
  8. Wikipedia - Andrew Carnegie

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