188 East 64th Street, New York City, NY
The Royale is one of the more distinctive high-rises along Third Avenue.
|Developer||Ian Bruce Eichner, Robert Michealson and Martin Gang|
|Architect||Alfredo De Vido Architects|
|Number of Units||205|
|Number of Floors||42|
|Type of Roof||PMR|
|188 East 64th Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
The Royale is a striking 42 story building situated in the highly desirable neighborhood of Lenox Hill. It is set back from the street in a plaza landscaped with rough hewn stones. It has been suggested that this tall free standing structure reminds one of an asparagus stalk as the top portion of the building displays balconies where the lower levels do not.
The building's rooftop enclosure then comes to a seemingly industrial crowning point. Residents and visitors pass beneath a plant-less pergola as they approach the lobby where a grand staircase leads from the lobby to three special rooms where tenants can entertain. It is considered one of the anchors of revitalization of 3rd Avenue that was commencing before the stock market crash of 1987.
The Royale is located almost mid-block on 3rd Avenue even though its entrance is set back from East 64th Street. Lexington Avenue is one block away and Park Avenue, one block further. The Pond in the southeast corner of Central Park is a mere 5 blocks away should a resident wish to observe local water fowl.
10 schools are within one third of mile from The Royale and access to groceries and restaurants is just steps from the lobby.
The Royale is a very tall and slender edifice using a steel skeleton and clad with concrete and generous amounts of glass. It displays starkly dramatic balconies on the highest levels but none on the lower floors. Lots of light fill the suites through floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views of the city, the river, and Central Park can be seen.
Apartments have angled walls and wrap around balconies. Some apartments have marble finishes and granite counters.
Layout and Features
The Royale is a white-glove, full service condominium which reminds one of the grand opulence of bygone years. The walls are adorned with rich mahogany, fine marble, and cashmere-soft carpeting. For additional dramatic effect, there is a grand staircase leading to the Grand Salon and two other special rooms, the exquisite Dining Room and the Conservatory. The Dining room has pendant lamps and shining lacquered tables while the Conservatory boasts a vaulted ceiling and a baby grand piano.
For additional fees, residents can enjoy the hotel-like services of housekeeping,including a hand laundry service. The Concierge can arrange just about anything for the residents. There is a flower delivery service, a gate-man and a 24 hour doorman. A rooftop garden tops off this impressive 42 story building affording views in all directions.
A wide variety of different configurations exist within The Royale, from simple one bedroom suites, to large suites with more than 4 bedrooms and in some cases, an in-suite gymnasium. A brief selection of floor plans for The Royale is shown here:
- Residents enjoy the services of a full time doorman and concierge.
- There's a room for entertaining complete with kitchen and bar.
- The residences are finished with lavish touches.
- From marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, to floor to ceiling windows displaying spectacular views that won't quit.
- Some of the suites even have wood burning fireplaces and multiple terraces.
- The Royale is pet-friendly
- Numerous apartments are rented
- There are children's' play areas indicating this is a building for all ages
The Royale predates the modern vision of green, sustainable and energy conscious buildings. As such, no Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, or LEED, has been discovered.
However, with most apartments in The Royale exhibiting floor to ceiling windows, more natural light is admitted, potentially lower the requirement for electric lighting.
As well, The Royale's central location and proximity to shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and transit allows for minimum use of a vehicle.
- Its reported that Bill Cowher, former coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, purchased a 2 bedroom condo in The Royale. It created headlines as it was one day after head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Romeo Crennel, bought a condo in a nearby building.
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