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The Colorado, 201 East 86th Street

At The Northeast corner of Third Avenue

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.
 

This very attractive, beige-and-dark-brown-brick, 35-story apartment tower at 201 East 86th Street was erected in 1987 and has 256 rental apartments.

It occupies a very prominent corner in the Yorkville neighborhood and has considerable "light-and-air" because two of the three other corners at this intersection are low-rise and the third is an apartment tower set back in a plaza.

The building, which also has a 1527 Third Avenue address, has a stainless-steel entrance marquee, a doorman, a roof deck, a two-story limestone base, nice retail spaces. It has no sidewalk landscaping, no balconies, no garage and no health club, but has many corner windows, excellent local shopping and public transportation.

It is close to many of the private schools and cultural and religious institutions of the Carnegie Hill neighborhood and close to many other luxury apartment towers. There are numerous good restaurants and food stores and several movie theaters in the vicinity.

It is also close to a post office and a fire engine company and there is considerable traffic in this lively location.

The south façade of the tower has an indented center section that is faced with a dark-brown brick in contrast with the rest of the tower's beige-brick façades. The indentation and the different color brick and the fine proportions of the tower makes it considerably more attractive than some other nearby towers, such as Claridge House at 201 East 87th Street.

In 2009, two new luxury apartment buildings opened nearby, the Brompton, designed by Robert A. M. Stern, directly across 86th Street, and the Lucida, designed by Fox & Fowle, on the southeast corner of 86th Street and Lexington Avenue, significantly upgrading the neighborhood.

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