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One Carnegie Hill, the 42-story apartment tower at 215 East 96th Street is nearing completion.

The building has a total of 475 apartments of which 200 are cooperative units with condominium rules and the rest are rentals.

About 85 percent of the project's cooperative units, which start on the 23rd floor, have been sold.

Related acquired a 99-year ground lease from the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, which is just to the west, and incorporates a 63,000-square foot community facility for the center in the new building. The community facility has its own entrance on 97th Street.

The Related Companies have been one of the city's most active developers in recent years, and the projects have included the twin-towered Time-Warner Center on Columbus Circle.

While many of the projects have been rather conservative in design, they ventured to create an important gateway to East Harlem at The Monterey, a rental apartment building at 175 East 96th Street that is noted for its huge, curved corner facade at Third Avenue and its very large and handsome mid-block garden on 96th Street.

The Monterey is directly across Third Avenue from the Islamic Cultural Center at 201 East 96th Street that was designed in 1991 by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and whose minaret was designed by Swanke Hayden Connell. The handsome mosque is oriented toward Mecca.

One Carnegie Hill is the tallest building on East 96th Street and both the rental and condominium units share a common lobby, which is unusual.

HLW International is the architect for the new tower and Ismael Leyva is the designer of the interiors and David Rockwell is the designer of the lobby and amenity floors.

The building has a health club, a swimming pool, a yoga studio, a landscape terrace area for residents with barbecues, a business center, a pet space and a children's playroom as well as a rooftop entertainment langue and sun terrace, a garage, storage space and a bicycle room. Each apartment has a Miele washer/dryer kitchens have Luca de Luna granite countertops and bathrooms have marble walls and floors.

A one-bedroom, south-facing apartment on the 41st floor with 701 square feet is priced at $750,000 and a one-bedroom, south-facing apartment on the 31st floor with 679 square feet and a terrace of 475 square feet is priced at $900,000. A two-bedroom apartment facing south and east with 1,033 square feet on the 28th floor is priced at $1,280,000 and a two-bedroom apartment facing north and east on the 37th floor with 1,513 square feet is priced at $1,900,000. A three-bedroom apartment facing north and east with three baths and 1,704 square feet on the 41st floor is priced at $2,235,000.
Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.