The Empire

188 East 78th Street At the Southwest Corner of Third Avenue


The Empire, 188 East 78th Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 90, based on:

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The Empire - 188 East 78th Street

Nearby Subway Stations

  1. 4
    • 86th Street (at Lexington Ave) (0.43 miles)
  2. 5
    • 86th Street (at Lexington Ave) (0.43 miles)
  3. 6
    • 77th Street (at Lexington Ave) (0.08 miles)

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Building Summary

  • Building Type: Condominium
  • Located in Lenox Hill
  • #41 rated condo in Manhattan
  • #6 rated condo - Upper East Side
6 Mo Change
Avg. Price / Ft2 (2 sales in past 12 months)
$2,557 Avg. Price / Ft2 (Currently Available Apts)
  • 1999Year Built
  • 77Apartments
  • 32Floors


The Empire opened in 2001 and is located at 188 East 78th Street in the Upper East Side.

It is a traditionally styled, brick-clad tower that sits atop a block-long, four-story retail base stretching from 77th to 78th Streets. The Empire’s façades are adorned by columns of bay windows and bowed terraces.

Layouts in the 77 apartments are generally expansive; all are between 1,200 and 3,400 square feet and many have 11-foot ceilings. Most of the residences have two or more bedrooms, foyers, spacious formal dining rooms, crown moldings, herringbone floors, washers and dryers, marble baths and oversized closet spaces. Many enjoy terraces and several have fireplaces. Large eat-in kitchens are equipped with custom cabinets and premium appliances.

Residents have access to such amenities as concierge service, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a children’s play room. Bonus services include a pool, a roof deck and a private garden. Downstairs there are 36 storage rooms and 36 wine cellars available for purchase. The Empire also has a 25-car garage and is near to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Features & Amenities

  • Concierge
  • FT Doorman
  • Post War
  • Basement Storage
  • Central AC
  • Garden
  • Health Club
  • Pool
  • Roof Deck
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator


  • Distinctive, gabled roof
  • Few apartments per floor
  • Large apartments
  • Formal dining rooms
  • Foyers
  • Many bay windows
  • Club with fitness center and private dining room
  • Good public transportation
  • Private garden terrace
  • Garage
  • Storage Space
  • Wine cellars
  • Concierge
  • Some balconies
  • Some fireplaces


  • Considerable traffic
  • No nearby park
  • No sidewalk landscaping

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