Upper East Side Apartment Rental Photos and Description
An eclectic, sunlit one bedroom in a pre-war building
In a city where location is king, the landmark district of Carnegie Hill delivers a checkmate. This prestigious Manhattan neighbourhood is crowned with architectural gems: the red brick towers of Madison Avenue Armory, the Florentine palazzo of 1930s financier and philanthropist Otto H. Kahn, and the sprawling Andrew Carnegie Mansion, which now houses the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. When an eclectic, sunlit one bedroom in a pre-war building within this sought after neighbourhood and on the doorstep of Central Park comes into play, make sure to take the first move advantage.
Hosting this match are a professor with a passion for chess and a public health professional who dabbles in cooking and aerial acrobatics.
The board is set - not in blacks and whites, but rather, a colourful collection of treasures reflecting the king and queen of the home’s multifarious lives. Nothing slips past their keen sense for detail, from door knobs salvaged from The Plaza to a bedroom mirror made out of glass and an original window frame from the Toy Building. The living room has a Bohemian tempo, with a Kilim rug spread over the hardwood floors, a blue and white Oriental porcelain lamp illuminating the room, and a print of Vignelli’s New York subway map hanging above a beautiful antique desk. Shelves are stacked with books on chess, as well as autographed memorabilia from greats like Russian grandmaster Garry Kasparov. The en passant stroll by the kitchen may result in a full-fledged cooking session as the inviting steel appliances and warm dark wood cabinets will easily lure you in. Inside the bedroom, the Red Queen’s throne by the window is a good spot for studying up on the fianchetto. For your final move, recline underneath the Frank Gehry cloud lamp for a good night’s sleep.
The end game
With the centrepiece of Upper Manhattan, Central Park, just a short stroll away, you can take a king walk at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir or exploit an opening on Cedar Hill’s grassy lawn for a picnic. Go on a blitz through Museum Mile, with the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art just within a 15-block radius. With a desirable neighbourhood as your base and subways in close proximity, you’re positioned to play both sides of the board.
- children welcome
- non smoking only