Cladding is finally progressing upwards at Sheldon Solow’s 420 East 61st Street – aka Two Sutton Place North – which had stood naked for several months; now, the building is beginning to match the adjacent One Sutton Place North, and will soon be entirely covered in its 70s-esque facade.
Black glass has already had its day in New York architecture, which makes its choice for the facade of Two Sutton Place quite bizarre; though One and Two Sutton Place are twins, it’s rather odd to see new construction look so retro, even before completion. Besides the cladding, which is only noteworthy because it is passé, Two Sutton Place is a simple, inoffensive box.
While buildings facing the East River should be held to a higher design caliber given their location, which guarantees permanent prominence, One and Two Sutton Place are actually somewhat hidden, as Roosevelt Island sits between the buildings and Queens. Indeed, Roosevelt Island is actually easier to get to than 420 East 61st Street, as the entrance to the tram is closer to Midtown than Two Sutton Place is. The tower is literally adjacent to the Queensboro Bridge and FDR Drive.
Despite Two Sutton Place North’s removed location, prices will be expensive, as the neighborhood is still technically the Upper East Side. No details regarding the exact number of units have been released – and public information regarding anything about the tower has been sparse – but it is scheduled for completion in 2014, and rises 43 floors and 450 feet.