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aalto57, 1065 Second Avenue

Between East 56th Street & East 57th Street

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Carter Horsley
Review by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of CityRealty.com.
 

Aalto 57 is the rental section of the 65-story residential tower on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and 57th Street that opened in 2016 and is distinguished by the concave windows that change slightly in size as the tower rises.

The rental section comprises 21 floors in the base of the building and contains 175 apartments.

The condominium apartment section comprises the top 33 floors and has an address of 252 East 57th Street.

The project was developed by the World Wide Group and Rose Associates and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. A terrace was designed by Matthews Nielson Landscape Architects.

An earlier design of the top of the tower was more dramatic with sharp angles and a very thin waist.

The building is just to the east of a new High School of Art and Design on 56th Street that was part of the development.

Bottom Line

A major new development for the Sutton Place neighborhood, this rental section is the base of a stunning 65-story tower, which is highlighted by narrow and very elegant concave curves and whose top is condominiums.

Description

The sculptural form of the tower was inspired by architect Alvar Aalto.

The building, which is clad in pale blue glass and has some curbed balconies, is an LEED silver building with filtered water and a smoke-free policy.

The building has a revolving door entrance.

Amenities

The building has an attended lobby and doorman, a Luxury Attache concierge service, a residential manger, a live-in superintendent, a residents’ lounge, an outdoor terrace with fire pit, a business center and conference room, a 20-foot-high basketball court, a rock climbing wall, a fitness center, a children’s playroom, bicycle storage, and storage. Pets are allowed.

Apartments

Apartments have washers and dryers, and kitchen appliances by Miele Bertrazonni and Blomberg.

Apartment G on floors 18 through 25 is a three-bedroom unit with a small entry foyer across from an open, pass-through kitchen that shares a large concave window with the 19-foot-long living room with a curved balcony.

Apartment A on floors 5 through 8 is a three-bedroom unit with a long entry foyer that leads to an open, pass-through kitchen next to a 23-foot-long living room with a curved corner window.

Apartment C on floors 5 through 8 is a two-bedroom corner unit with an entry foyer that leads to an 18-foot-wide corner living room with an open kitchen with an island.

Apartment 9D is a one-bedroom unit with an 18-foot-wide living room with an open kitchen and an island and a 42-foot-long terrace.

Apartment A on floors 18 through 25 is a one-bedroom unit with an entry foyer that leads to a 19-foot-long living room with an open kitchen with an island.  The 18-foot-long bedroom has a large, curved window.

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