Amidst rounds of permits for projects from the distant future come filings for a building where construction is actually around the corner, at 1562 Second Avenue, on the northeast corner of 81st Street. YIMBY revealed the very well-received design back in May, and Icon Realty is developing, while Issac & Stern is the project’s architect.
The filings give exact specifics, and the project’s entirety will span 43,832 square feet, all of which will be residential besides a 2,192 square foot retail component, on the ground floor. Above, 12 apartments will average 3,400 square feet each, though the developer has not decided on whether the building will house condominiums or rentals just yet.
At 14 floors and 164 feet in height, ceiling heights will also be generous. The building will markedly improve a corner of the Upper East Side that will soon be much more accessible, thanks to the Second Avenue Subway’s 2016 opening date.
Issac & Stern’s design employs a conservative aesthetic that is popular among many new buildings in the neighborhood, which has some of the most attractive new development in New York City. While this is partially a function of the ultra-high-end product typically coming to market, it shows that echoes of pre-war architecture continue to reverberate in the city today, and after sixty years, also seems to point to the novelty of glass boxes wearing thin.
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