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Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (89th Street and Riverside Drive)

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I lived on the Upper West Side for a short time only, nevertheless I feel privileged to have had that experience which opened up the doors for my appreciation of Riverside Park. It’s quit unique, hardly a tourist in sight, and there’s a very European feel to it. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument I would pass many times as I descended the ramp towards the Hudson River and made my way to the 96th Street tennis courts. I was never any good at the game but managed to find a partner here and there. What I loved best, and still remember, is playing in the evenings when the sun was setting on the Hudson a few feet away.  The water would sparkle and there would be a warm hue to it all. The perfect atmosphere for pondering the day’s events in between an ace. Of course it was always my partner who would get those aces:)

Designated a landmark in 2001, The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument commemorates the Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the American Civil War. The Interior gets opened once a year for OpenHouseNewYork which takes place in October. The Monument is also home to the Hudson Warehouse, a not-for-profit theatre company. It’s akin to “Shakespeare in the Park” but on a smaller scale. This year’s lineup will be: “A Comedy of Errors” taking place in June. “The Rover” by Aphra Behn in July, and concluding the summer season will be “Richard III”.  Throughout the summer, don’t be surprised to see young lads and lasses practicing their lines in full Renaissance costumes. I’ve jogged past many of them thinking that they’re getting a better sweat than I.


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April 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm

132 E. 65th St. “The Touraine”

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February 13th, 2012

April 8th, 2012

The difference a couple of weeks makes in the world of construction can be very profound especially in NYC, where a new floor goes up every week or two in some developments. The Touraine is a wonderful example of very solid yet frighteningly fast construction. The Toll Brothers are the developers behind this condo on the southeast corner of Lexington Avenue and 65th St. where the manor house called Crocodile Hall once stood. Due to the location being just outside the landmark district, the Toll Brothers were able to tear down the former 1920’s house designed by architect J. Stewart Barney who also resided there.

When finished, the Touraine will have 22 apartments and will be 15 stories tall. The quality is top-notch and is being marketed to a somewhat empty nester crowd as well as international buyers looking for pied-a-terres (very expensive ones I might add). Some features that the Touraine will have include  a roof-top terrace with an open air fireplace. Another less common feature will be a library. There are only a few other buildings in the city that have their own librarys as a recent NY Times article made note of. Both of these features will facilitate the neighbors getting to know each other, sometimes an unheard of concept in this fast-paced city. Because many Upper East Side buyers want a pre-war look with modern luxury finishes, The Toll Brothers are making an attempt to mingle these two styles effortlessly together. Since this is a boutique condo with a prime location, most units have already been sold.

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April 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Posted in Condos, Upper East Side