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Cannon Point North, 25 Sutton Place South: Review and Ratings

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Carter Horsley
Review of 25 Sutton Place South by Carter Horsley

One of two nearly identical apartment towers on the east blockfront of Sutton Place South in the mid-50’s, Cannon Point North at 25 Sutton Place South was built in 1959 as a cooperative. 

It is a pale pink brick building of 21 stories with 320 cooperative apartments with a large rear garden cantilevered over the FDR Drive.  It is also known as 500 East 56th Street and 501 East 55th Street. 

It is one story taller and has 43 apartments more than the white-brick Cannon Point South at 45 Sutton Place South. 

The latter building is perhaps best known for a photograph of a high-floor tenant fishing from his window in the East River directly below. Needless to say, many apartments have waterviews. 

Both projects were developed by Alfred Gross, who also built Glen Oaks Village in Queens, and designed by Paul Resnick and Harry Green.

Bottom Line

The building, which is also known was 21 Sutton Place South, is across 56th Street from 1 Sutton Place South, one of the city’s most elegant apartment buildings. 

While the façades of these two buildings are relatively plain, the large windows and slightly modulated fronts are quite attractive and pleasant, and the Sutton Place ambiance is superb: quiet, understated and elegant. Although some of the riverfront properties here have their own impressive gardens, there is a nice, small park also at the terminus of 57th Street where there is also a cross-town bus stop.


The building has a setback entrance and mid-block plaza. 

One bay of windows facing the river is curved.


The building has a doorman, a roof deck, and a fitness center.


Apartment 3M is a two-bedroom unit with an 11-foot-long entrance gallery to a 23-foot-long living room with a curved window wall and a 12-foot-squre diing room next to an 10-foot-long enclosed kitchen. 

Apartment 9ML is a three-bedroom unit with a 11-foot-wide foyer that leads to a 27-foot-wide living room with a curved window wall overlooking the river and a 14-foot-wide dining alcove next to a 12-foot-wide kitchen.  The apartment also has a 14-foot-long study, a maid’s room and two large walk-in closets. 

Apartment 11N is a two-bedroom unit that has a 10-foot-square foyer that leads to a 23-footlong living room with a 14-footlong dining room alcove off an enclosed 10-foot-long kitchen. 

Apartment 11G is a three-bedroom unit that has a long foyer that leads to a 24-foot-loot living room with a 17-foot-long dining room and a enclosed curved 16-foot-long kitchen. 

Apartment 14G is a three-bedroom unit with a 13-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 23-foot-long living room with a 17-foot-long dining area next to a 10-foot-long enclosed kitchen.


The undeniable charm of the area has always made its residents superfluous to the less than magnificent blocks between it and midtown. The area is never crowded except for  when Macy's holds its spectacular fireworks display further down the river and hordes come for the excellent vantage points. 

River views from this area have always been heralded for the romantic Queensborough Bridge, but in the late 1990's they became more interesting because of the new high-rise towers at Queens West, a major residential development in Queens across from the United Nations.


Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 19 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 30 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 12 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #22 Rated co-op - Beekman/Sutton Place
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