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Today's Featured Building: 10 Gracie Square

Writer Tom Wolfe

Located at the southeast corner of the famed Carl Schurz Park, 10 Gracie Square is the largest of three buildings that comprise Gracie Square. It is also known as one of the most prestigious addresses in all of New York City, and the list of past and current notable residents is long and varied, from Wall Street gurus, to socialites, to the former First Lady of China. Indeed, 10 Gracie Square is famous for having made it onto Tom Wolfe’s list of 42 Good Buildings in New York City.

Writing for Esquire in 1985, Wolfe described New York’s real estate as essentially divided between 'Good buildings' and 'Bad buildings', and laid out his list of a mere 42 buildings that he deemed to be 'Good'. Included on this list were such esteemed buildings as River House, 740 Park Avenue, and 1 Beekman Place, but it was notable for leaving off famed residences such as the Dakota, the Ansonia, and the San Remo. Whatever his criteria, this list provoked much discussion and debate, and given that it was written in 1985, one wonders what recent buildings Wolfe would deem worthy of the title of a Good Building should he re-create his list today.

Regardless, 10 Gracie Square already has its place on the list, and given its reputation and prestige, it is hard to argue with its inclusion. A 15 story prewar cooperative building, 10 Gracie Square is located directly on the East River, and if it wasn't for the presence of FDR Drive, residents of this building could lay claim to having waterfront property. In any case, the apartments within 10 Gracie Square offer stunning views of both the East River and Carl Schurz Park, not to mention the grand and spacious layouts of the units contained within.


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