In the four years since I moved to the Upper West Side from the Upper East Side near 79th Street, that important cross-street has seen extensive changes. Among these are the emergence of 200 and 300 East 79th Street, at the southeast corners of Third and Second avenues respectively. Another wonderful arrival: the beautiful new postmodern structure at 135 East 79th, formerly the home of the modly ugly Hunter College School of Social Work.
Now, there’s more good news on the design front along 79th Street. For years, an off-putting one story structure — little more than a shed, really — has plugged a hole between two stately buildings just in from Lexington and 79th in the direction of Third Avenue. It housed what was called an antiques store, though it was really more of a glorified junk shop. Two years ago it was torn down. Now, rising in its place, is the far more promising 155 East 79th Street, which has nearly topped out. Developed by Anbau Enterprises, the building has been designed by BKSK Architects, with interiors by Pembrooke & Ives. [more]