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The Royal York II, 420 East 64th Street: Review and Ratings

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Carter Horsley
Review of 420 East 64th Street by Carter Horsley

This 13-story, twin-building development, which is known as the Royal York, was built in two parts: the 425 East 63rd Street structure was built in 1956 and the 420 East 64th Street structure was built in 1959.

Greenberg & Ames was the architectural firm for the 494-unit project that was developed by Beloff-York Associates.

The building was converted to a condop in 1990. 

Bottom Line

A handsome mid-block complex with an attractive garden courtyard that is close to Rockefeller University, New York Hospital and Sotheby’s.

Description

This pale orange-brick building has a lush sidewalk landscaping, four light stanchions, a nice lobby, a doorman, a garage, discrete air-conditioners and a health club.

Amenities

The complex has doormen, a garage, a health club, and a canopied, two-step-down entrance, but no roof deck and no balconies.

Apartments

In the 64th Street building, the East Penthouse A is a one-bedroom unit with an 8-foot-long entry foyer that opens onto a 28-foot-oot long great room with an open kitchen and a 50-foot-long terrace.

East Penthouse C is a one-bedroom unit with an 11-foot-wide entry foyer that opens onto a 21-foot-long living room and 9-foot-long dining area next to an 8-foot-long kitchen.  It has a large terrace accessed from all the major rooms.

In the same building, apartment WPHD is a one-bedroom unit that has a long entry foyer that leads past a 10-foot-long dining room adjacent to an open 11-foot-long kitchen.  The unit has a 21-foot-long living room with a terrace and there is another, larger terrace off the bedroom and kitchen.

Apartment W4E in the same building is a one-bedroom unit with a 5-foot-wide entry foyer that opens onto the living room with a pass-through kitchen and a den/second bedroom.

Apartment E9D is a two-bedroom unit that has a long entry foyer that opens onto a 29-foot-long living room and 11-foot-long dining room and a 10-foot-long enclosed kitchen.

Apartment E3B is a studio unit with a 6-foot-square entry foyer that opens onto a 21-foot-long living room with an 8-foot-long alcove and a 7-foot-long open kitchen.

In the 63rd Street building, apartment 12E is a three-bedroom unit with a 13-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 20-foot-long living/dining room across from an open 13-foot-wide kitchen.

The West Penthouse C is a one-bedroom unit that has a 21-foot-wide living/dining room with an 11-foot-long open kitchen with an island and a 43-foot-long terrace.

Apartment E6H is a one-bedroom unit with a 13-foot-long entry foyer that opens onto a 22-foot-long living room and an 11-foot-long den next to an enclosed kitchen.

Apartment E2B is a one-bedroom unit with a 6-foot-square entry foyer opening onto a 21-foot-long living room, a 7-foot-long kitchen and a small bedroom.

Apartment W1E is a one-bedroom unit with an 8-foot-wide entry foyer leading to a 22-foot-long living room next to a 9-foot-wide Baby Room/Office and an 8-foot-long enclosed kitchen.

Location

It is across the street from the "First Avenue Estate" of the City and Suburban Homes Company, a full-block complex of six-story, walk-up, beige-brick residential buildings erected starting in 1901 and designed by James E. Ware as "working class" housing by the company that also built a similar complex on the block bounded by York Avenue and the FDR Drive between 78th and 79th Streets that was designated a landmark in the face of redevelopment.

This mid-block building is across the avenue from Rockefeller University and there is considerable traffic on the avenue because of a nearby uptown entrance to the FDR Drive.

In the late 1990s, this neighborhood began to witness a considerable upgrading with the long-delayed opening of a very large supermarket and a large, elegant restaurant, Gustavino's, in the vaults beneath the nearby Ed Koch Queensborough Bridge.

There is a handsome seven-theater cineplex at First Avenue and 62nd Street and there are many restaurants along First Avenue.

The southbound York Avenue bus turns west on 57th Street.

Rating

23
Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 23 / 44

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25
Out of 36

Location Rating: 25 / 36

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12
Out of 39

Features Rating: 12 / 39

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8
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68

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
 
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