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27 East 79th Street (Renderings courtesy of Adellco) 27 East 79th Street (Renderings courtesy of Adellco)
Neo Beaux-Arts architecture is alive and well on the Upper East Side. On East 79th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues, is one of the most architecturally delightful crosstown blocks in Manhattan. Nicknamed “the Cook Block,” the street's south side is lined with a pristine row of Gilded Age mansions— including that of former mayor Michael Bloomberg. Not to be missed, the north side is lined with elegant townhouses and stately co-ops such as 9 and 21 East 79th Street.

A rare newcomer to this majestic section of NYC is the boutique condo development 27 East 79th Street . Still under construction and prepearing for an early 2020 delivery, the project is being brought online by Adellco and will be the block’s first new building in almost 40 years.
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27 East 79th Street
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Conveying affluence and staying power like no other style does, the 15-floor building has been dressed in Beaux-Arts stylings conceived by Cabinet Alberto Pinto, an AD100 design firm whose clients include the French President and the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Led by Linda Pinto, this will be the Paris-based company’s first residential commission in New York. Pinto is working with the local office of HTO Architect to bring the building to fruition.
A recent site visit shows that much of the facade has been uncovered revealing a sumptuous, almost cake-batter-like facade. While capturing the photos below, Michael Bloomberg, encircled by his security entourage, looked up and remarked, "It came out pretty good, everyone on the block was pretty worried." Bloomberg owns several properties on the blocks to the north and south of East 79th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues.
27 East 79th Street soaking up the late October sun (CityRealty)
Cook-block-03 The 'Cook block' is on the left side
Market-data-03 Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg being diplomatic (CityRealty)
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Rising to the occasion and striving to maintain the high caliber of architecture found throughout the area, the building has been covered in a warm limestone façade that appears to soak up the early autumn sun. The stonework is complemented by delicate iron filigree, black-colored accents and expansive windows, some arched. There will be an ornate domed marquee at the entrance and a smattering of embellishments that could fool the average passerby as being the real, turn-of-the-century thing.
The detailing will be carried through to the interiors where eight grand residences are configured. The eight layouts include duplexes, full-floor homes, a maisonette with garden, and a triplex penthouse with a semi-circular window with mighty views of Manhattan. Key-in elevators open centrally into a gallery space. All homes are fitted with white oak parquet de Versailles floors, custom moldings, and custom-designed fireplaces.
27-East-79th-Street-03 Master bedroom
27-Esat-79th-Street-23 Simplex living room
At least half of the apartments are spoken for. As we previously reported in September 2018, an anonymous buyer picked up the penthouse triplex that was listed for $16.85 million. One of the three other known homes in-contract includes a three-bedroom duplex on the 11th and 12th floors. As of late October, the sole public listing is a duplex on the seventh and eighth-floor, a 4-bed, 5.5-bath, asking $11.75 million.

In spite of rising inventory and declining volume throughout Manhattan, sales prices in Carnegie Hill and along Fifth Avenue's "Gold Coast" have remained steady. Dominated by prestigious co-op buildings, condo buildings, especially recent ones, are few and far between. According to our sales data, condo closings recorded in the last three months average $2,233 per square foot.
Cook-ROw The new building faces an immaculate row of mansions known as the
The Beaux-Arts style graces some of New York’s most cherished public landmarks such as Grand Central Terminal, the Flatiron Building, and the Met. The technique, which is a combination of Italianate, Neoclassical, and Baroque French architecture, was the style of choice for city’s wealthy during the late 19th and early 20th centuries who built majestic mansions up and down Fifth Avenue and along adjacent blocks.
After falling out of fashion with the emergence of Modernism, many of the homes have been replaced with larger apartment buildings. The preservation movement has safeguarded most of the surviving examples and today architects such as Robert A.M. Stern, Peter Pennoyer, and John Simpson commonly reference Neoclassical elements in their new buildings. Recent Upper East Side Beaux-Arts additions include the Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue, the Carhart Mansion addition, the Touraine and 1110 Park Avenue.
27-East-79th-Street-03 Google Earth aerial showing location of 27 East 79th Street (CityRealty)
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