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    Those two towers at background right -- is that White Plains?

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    The Avalon towers in New Rochelle.

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    Ah.. I knew it was one of those newly created skylines.

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    Big Deal

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    By JOSH BARBANEL
    Published: September 11, 2009

    JOHN STEINBECK earned his place in the American literary pantheon back in the Great Depression, and died in 1968. But his study and library in New York City, including the wooden desk where he worked, along with notes and papers pinned to the wall, were preserved for another generation in an Upper East Side apartment tower.

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    AN EAST SIDER John Steinbeck, below, lived in an apartment, now for sale, at 190 East 72nd Street.

    Associated Press

    Steinbeck shared the apartment with his third wife, Elaine Anderson Steinbeck, a former stage manager who died in 2003 at age 88.

    Her death triggered a bitter family feud over his estate and the rights to his work and literary legacy, and so the co-op that he owned in the last years of his life is just now going on the market. The apartment is at Tower East, at 190 East 72nd Street near Third Avenue.

    Robert Dankner, the president of Prime Manhattan Residential, who is selling the apartment on behalf of one family faction, said that over the last few weeks, Steinbeck’s papers and belongings, including rows of annotated first-edition books, shelved in the same order he left them, have been cataloged, photographed and appraised in preparation for possible sale.

    Although Steinbeck once lived and wrote in a cottage on the Monterey Peninsula in California, his final home was on the 34th floor of a modern post-war high-rise designed by Richard Roth Jr. There, he had a study facing south with views of the Chrysler Building (1930) and the Empire State Building (1931), enduring symbols of capitalism during the Depression era — a period he critiqued in works like “The Grapes of Wrath.”

    The apartment has three bedrooms as well as Mr. Steinbeck’s study, which is listed as a maid’s room, an L-shaped living room and dining room with large windows facing south and east. It has 2,200 square feet of space and an asking price of $2.1 million, with the requirement that at least 50 percent be paid in cash.

    Mr. Dankner said that the apartment was priced “for today’s market” and that the price reflects its outdated condition. It needs a complete renovation of the kitchen and four bathrooms, which could cost $250,000 and up. “It will be a palace for the person who buys it,” he said. “It is an extraordinary renovation waiting to happen.”

    He said the first prospective buyers who came through the apartment, while Mr. Steinbeck’s study was still intact, indicated that they were inclined to preserve the room as is, but renovate the rest of the apartment.

    The apartment is being sold by the heirs of Elaine Steinbeck, who include a daughter from a previous marriage. In 2004, after Elaine’s death, Mr. Steinbeck’s heirs from his second marriage, to Gwyndolyn Conger — a son, Thomas Steinbeck, a writer; and a granddaughter, Blake Smyle — sued the estate and accused Elaine and a literary agency of a “30-year hidden conspiracy to deprive John Steinbeck’s blood heirs of their rights.” They sought $18 million in damages.

    Last March, Judge George B. Daniels of Federal District Court in Manhattan rejected the challenge, and in July the heirs from the second marriage agreed to drop their plans to appeal, at least temporarily. This cleared the way for the sale of the apartment, Mr. Dankner said.

    Thomas Steinbeck’s wife, Gail, said in an interview that she was unaware of the impending sale and expected some legal action to continue. She said that while she and her husband were not concerned about the apartment itself, they were distressed that the contents were being removed without consultation with them. She said that personal items, like her husband’s childhood drawings, were included.

    “It is very disappointing,” she said.

    E-mail: bigdeal@nytimes.com

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/re...ref=realestate

    Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

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    Default 230 East 79th Street

    It may only be a studio (with definite possibilities) but the terrace is a nice bonus.


    230 East 79th Street (between Second and Third Avenues)


    $478,000











    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/200...nyc_index.html

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    Does anyone know how the new ralph lauren project on Madison Ave. and 72nd is coming along? The project includes building a brand new 4 story beaux arts building and renovating the townhouse next door. I ave yet to see any renderings for this project however i recently stumbled upon this photo on flick taken in march of this year:



    the photo is from missavictoria on flickr.com

    Here is the building that used to occupy the site:



    And finally a description of the project and the site's history from an NYTIMES article dating back to march of 2008:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/re...er&oref=slogin

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    Wow!

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    WoW! that is beautiful!!! Thank you so much! Might i ask where you found that rendering?

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    And where have you been for four months? Good to have you back, AN.

    From the Times article:


    Museum of the City of New York


    Ruth Brown’s five-story house of 1894, designed by McKim, Mead & White, once occupied the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and 72nd Street.

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    I pass here often...as of the other day there was still no progress.

    It sure is great to see that rendering...I was worried about what was going there.

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    In LIMESTONE! (Quarried in Indiana?, ....we can only hope)
    This is exciting. I wonder if the interior is going to be held to the same standard as the exterior.

    The Breakers comes to mind..
    Last edited by 195Broadway; September 16th, 2009 at 02:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 195Broadway View Post
    The Breakers comes to mind..
    You betcha.

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    From the Times article:

    The Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts was split in its opinion. Although some found it “a magnificent new building, in keeping with the Upper East Side’s varied architectural heritage of the last century,” the group wrote, “others were frankly horrified at such an ersatz historical building proposed for the 21st century.”
    I don't even know where to begin with that kind of thinking.

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