35 East 76th Street, New York City, NY
The distinctive peak of the Hotel Carlyle.
|Architect||Bien & Prince|
|Management Company||Rosewood Hotels & Resorts|
|Number of Units||187|
|Number of Floors||38|
|Type of Roof||Tile|
|35 East 76th Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Over 50 options nearby|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Cooperative|
Thomas Carlyle, for whom the Hotel Carlyle is named, fiercely hated what he called the “aristocracy of money bags”. He may have been upset to know about the building that was named after him. The Carlyle is a picture of opulence and grandeur - everything the Scottish philosopher hated - and no expense was spared in its construction. For the better part of a century, the world’s wealthy, famous and powerful have been attracted to its luxurious suites.
Built in the late 1920’s, the Carlyle is a combination luxury and residential hotel. Such apartment hotels had gained popularity since the end of the First World War. As the post-war economy had begun to thrive, skyscrapers had rapidly overtaken the New York skyline. Owning a townhouse had fallen out of vogue, replaced by the more cosmopolitan notion of living in luxury apartments. With shops and restaurants on the lower floors of the 35 story structure, the building was intended to be an expression of modern city life, giving residents the conveniences of a “community skyscraper”. 
But in 1929, before the building was complete, the stock market crashed. In spite of the fact that it cost him millions of dollars, the developer pressed on to finish what he had started. The Carlyle opened its doors in 1930. By 1931, it had gone into receivership. It was sold to the Lyleson Corporation in 1932.
The next post-war boom saw the Carlyle finally climb into high society prominence. From the merely respectable location it had been during the Depression, it became a fashionable one. In the late 1940’s, it started to become a destination for American socialites and wealthy European travelers alike.
Since 2001, it has been owned by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. There are 60 privately owned residences, in addition to the 187 cooperative apartments. 
For 75 years, as the Manhattan skyline has shifted and changed, the distinctive peak of the Hotel Carlyle has towered unwaveringly above the Upper East Side. It is surrounded by the many galleries, restaurants and designer boutiques of Madison Avenue, where it resides, at 76th Street. 
It is near Central Park, and within walking distance of the “Museum Mile”, in which can be found the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Frick Collection. Appropriately situated in one of the world’s most affluent neighborhoods, the Carlyle is within an hour of all three major airports. 
The Carlyle is not one building, but two. Filling an entire block on Madison Avenue, the two buildings are seamlessly woven into a single design. Distinguishing them can be hard to do. The 38 story tower on the south side of the frontage functions as the hotel; the second building is an apartment house of 17 stories. 
Financed and developed by millionaire Moses Ginsberg (whose daughter Diana named the building), the Carlyle was designed by architects Bien and Prince. 
Made of concrete, yellow brick and limestone, it is a major Art Deco landmark. The slender tower is reminiscent of Westminster Cathedral in London, with influences of both Roman and Byzantine origin. The peaked roof is topped by a functioning gilded chimney. It remains one of the most prominent towers on the Upper East Side.
Since 1970, when 187 units were converted into cooperative apartments, the face of the Carlyle has changed. Individual requests for the installation of large picture or bay windows has resulted in an irregular but interesting arrangement of windows on the face of the building. Occasional setbacks in the design have allowed for some suites to have private terraces. 
Stainless steel columns punctuate the retail frontage of the building, the center of which features a dramatic entrance to the Cafe Carlyle, the hotel’s world-famous jazz bar.
Layout and Features
Each of the many suites of the Carlyle are uniquely designed with individual layouts. Extended stays, rentals, sublets and outright purchases are all available. Furnished, unfurnished, or semi-furnished suites may all be arranged, depending on the suite. Although the hotel operates separately from the housing cooperative, many of the features and amenities are the same.
Each unit, ranging from one to four bedrooms, features spacious living areas, full kitchens, and spectacular views. Furnished accommodations include individually appointed artwork and fittings, appropriate to a lavish Upper East Side residence.
Residents and hotel guests have access to each of the famed bars and restaurants that are part of The Carlyle: The Carlyle Restaurant, Cafe Carlyle, The Gallery, and Bemelmans Bar.
Each suite at the Carlyle is uniquely laid out. A sample of layouts is presented below.
Residents at the Carlyle enjoy many of the same luxuries as hotel guests, plus a few of their own:
- Housekeeping services (twice daily)
- Linen services
- All utilities (excluding telephone) are included
- Room service
- Doormen and Bellmen
- Valet department (for laundry, dry cleaning, one-hour pressing service, and shoe shine)
- Valet parking, with adjoining parking garage
- 24 hour fitness studio and spa
- Over 400 full time staff
- This building allows rentals and sublets.
- There are no age restrictions in this building.
- This building does allow pets.
Built in the early 20th century, the Carlyle was not constructed with environmental awareness in mind. But its central location makes it very compatible with the car-free lifestyle that many New Yorkers enjoy. It is within walking distance of all of the necessities and conveniences of modern life, and there are numerous transit options available nearby. Individual units very in their use of energy efficient appliances and materials.
- In 2000, the New York Times referred to the Carlyle as a “Palace of Secrets”.
- Woody Allen and his jazz band have played at the Cafe Carlyle since 1996.
- The Cafe Carlyle has featured numerous well-known jazz performers, including George Feyer, Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt, Debbie Reynolds and Ute Lemper.
- The Carlyle is the regular residence of Mick Jagger, when he is in New York.
- Every president, from Truman to Clinton, has stayed at the Carlyle while in New York.
- John F. Kennedy owned a suite at the Carlyle for the last ten years of his life.
- During Kennedy’s tenancy, the Carlyle became informally known as the “New York White House”.
- After singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” at Madison Square Garden, Marilyn Monroe was ushered through a series of underground tunnels to a private function with the president at the Carlyle.
- Several royals have stayed at the Carlyle, including the Prince of Wales, the late Princess of Wales, and the Kings and Queens of Sweden, Spain, Greece, and Denmark.
- The Carlyle was the last place John F. Kennedy Jr. ate breakfast before departing on his ill-fated plane trip to Martha’s Vineyard with his wife and her sister.
- Actress and Broadway veteran Elaine Stritch was a long time resident of the Carlyle. When she moved out in April of 2013 to retire to Michigan, she was greeted in the lobby by the applause of over 30 staff members there to see her off. Stritch was famous in the building for delivering hundreds of Bays English Muffins to staff members every Christmas. 
- Wikipedia - Carlyle Hotel
- City Realty
- Brenner, Marie. "Grand Hotel: the Inside Story of the Carlyle." New York Magazine 19 Dec. 1983: 30-43.
- NY Post
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