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45 East 89th Street

Between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue

Key Details

  • Year Built 1969
    Building Type Condop
    Neighborhood Carnegie Hill
  • Total Apartments 251
    Total Floors 38
    Doorman FT Doorman
$3,400
Avg. Price / ft2
$101
Avg. Price / ft2
$1,833
Avg. Price / ft2

Rating

34
Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 34 / 44

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29
Out of 36

Location Rating: 29 / 36

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18
Out of 39

Features Rating: 18 / 39

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8
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89

CityRealty Rating Reference

 
Architecture
  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
 
Location
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
 
Features
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
 

Description

Although this behemoth incurred the wrath of many Upper East Siders for its great height, it is one of the city's finest post-War II high-rise apartment towers.

While its soaring height looms over Madison Avenue, the tower itself is setback both from the avenue and the sidestreets.

The surrounding plazas, all paved in large bricks similar to those on the tower, permitted the tower to rise as tall as it did under the then applicable zoning.

The tower's main redeeming feature is, in fact, its brickwork, a very large, reddish brown "iron-spot" brick whose warm color harmonizes well with its surroundings. The design, by Thomas Lehrecke of Oppenheimer, Brady & Lehrecke, is distinguished by its full-walled balconies and the modulation of its façades.

This is the finest project of the developer, Rose Associates.

The tower's plazas, which have pyramidal planters, often suffer from windy gusts as a result of the tower's exposed height.

This sentinel, which has a large driveway on Madison Avenue, was an important pioneer in new development north of 86th Street at the time and was important in upgrading its Carnegie Hill neighborhood.

While it can be argued that it broke the scale of the area, so did the Carlyle Hotel and the great multi-towered apartment buildings of Central Park West.

In fact, this tower helped mitigate the terrible aesthetic damage inflicted on the Upper East Side by the giant Mt. Sinai Hospital tower, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill about a dozen blocks to the north.

This building has a rooftop health club and the 248 condop apartments, all two- and three-bedroom units, have 9-foot-high ceilings, which was higher than the standard then current.

A standout, yes, but a handsome one.

One critic has likened, in a derogatory fashion, its street-level appearance to a fortress, yet the analogy is not entirely inappropriate as a few blocks to the north on the avenue stands the ruins of the Squadron A Armory, a similarly colored battlement. 

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Building Amenities

  • Concierge
  • FT Doorman
  • Basement Storage
  • Full Service Garage
  • Health Club
  • Pool
  • Roof Deck
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor Entertainment Space
  • In-Unit Washer/Dryer
  • Bike Room
  • Live-In Superintendent
  • Terraces / Balconies
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Apartments for Sale at 45 East 89th Street (4)

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Available Apts
$2.6M - $8.5M
Price Range
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Apartments for Rent at 45 East 89th Street (3)

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$8,495
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Carter Horsley's Review

Carter Horsley's Building Review
"Although this behemoth incurred the wrath of many Upper East Siders for its great height, it is one of the city's finest post-War II high-rise apartment towers.
While its soaring height looms over Madison Avenue, the tower itself is setback both from the avenue and the sidestreets." Read Carter's Full Review
Pros
  • Prime Carnegie Hill location
  • Garage
  • Doorman
  • Apartments have 9-foot-ceilings
  • Rooftop health club
  • Great views
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • Plazas are often windy
  • No fireplaces
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Subways

  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 6
at Lexington Ave 0.26 miles
 

Sales Summary - Past 12 Months

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Past 12 Months
$1,833
Avg. Price / ft2
Based on 5 Sales
 

Closing History - Last 10 sales

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10
Units Sold
$2M - $4.9M
Price Range
$2,073
Avg. Price / ft2

In The Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 562 Available for Sale
  • $2,106 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $4,474,421 Avg. Price
  • $2,650,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 990 Fifth Avenue Apt PH121314 | $52,000,000
    Price / ft2 $8,387
  2. Least Expensive 160 East 91st Street Apt 4G | $299,000
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  • 76 Available for Rent
  • $83 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $9,421 Avg. Price
  • $4,800 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 988 Fifth Avenue Apt PENTHOUSE | $100,000
    Price / ft2 $218
  2. Least Expensive 168 East 80th Street Apt 0 | $0
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  • 364 Total Sales
  • $1,423 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $2,576,277 Avg. Price
  • $1,777,500 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 1125 Fifth Avenue Apt 14 | $19,000,000
  2. Least Expensive 175 East 93rd Street Apt 3A | $300,000

Alternate Addresses

  • 1239 Madison Avenue
  • 60 East 90 Street

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