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Milan, 300 East 55th Street

between First Avenue & Second Avenue   |    Midtown East

Carter Horsley
Reviewed 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.
 

The Milan is the very sleek and stunning, 32-story condominium apartment tower at 300 East 55th Street on the northeast corner at Second Avenue.

It has 118 apartments and was built in 2004 by the World Wide Group of which Victor Elmaleh, a very fine artist, is a principal.

It was designed by Peter Claman of SLCE Architects.

Bottom Line

This very elegant glass-clad apartment tower is one of the best looking modern residential buildings in Midtown East. 

Description

Similar in massing to Three Ten, two blocks further south on the avenue, the Milan has a setback tower on a mid-rise base.

Unlike Three Ten, however, the base and the Tower have the same very elegant glass façades, one of the most handsome in the city.

The lobby and atrium club room were designed by Jay Valgora of Studio and the outdoor bamboo garden was designed by Ken Smith.

The building has chamfered corners and some angled windows.

Amenities

The building, which is pet friendly, has around-the-clock doorman, concierge and valet.

It also has a health club, a double-height atrium and club room with state-of-the-art business facilities, a bamboo-garden designed by Ken Smith, and a full-service garage.

Apartments

Most of the apartments have two-bedrooms.

All apartments have 10-foot ceilings and state-of-the-art kitchens with Miele and Viking appliances. Master bathrooms have deep soaking tubs and separate glass steam showers with double basin teak vanities.

Penthouse units have wraparound terraces with staggering city and river views.

The top penthouse has three fireplaces.

Apartment 11B is a two-bedroom unit with a gallery that leads pas an enclosed kitchen and breakfast room to a 24-foot-long, corner living/dining room.

Apartment 14A has an entrance gallery that leads past one bedroom to an enclosed kitchen and breakfast room adjacent to a 19-foot-square living/dining room.  It also has a 16-foot-long master bedroom.

Apartment 22C is a two-bedroom unit that has a 16-foot-long foyer that leads to a 22-foot-long living/dining room next to a 16-foot-long enclosed kitchen and a 14-foot-long library.

Apartment 23B is a two-bedroom unit that has an entrance gallery that leads past a 10-foot-long enclosed kitchen and 8-foot-long breakfast room to a 26-foot-long, corner living/dining room.

History

The Milan on the former site of El Morocco, the glamorous nightclub that was famous for its celebrity clientele and its blue-and-white zebra-striped banquettes.

For several decades, El Morocco and the Stork Club were the most elegant and exclusive nightclubs in the city in the pre-disco era.

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