It’s Free to Look: 120 East 87th Street

Very rarely even we are lost for words.

This “one of a kind, never before seen” penthouse “has to be seen to be fully appreciated,” says the listing. Of course, luxury listings are no stranger to hyperbole, but this stunner indeed comes close to defying even our most trenchant descriptions.

Start with the "soaring" 14-foot ceilings, virtually unseen on the Upper East Side. You can thank the Gimbels Department store for that, which managed to score itself a prime location thanks to "a fantastic, atomic era, miraculous pen"—otherwise known as the ballpoint pen.

Of course, if the building was still a shabby, windowless department store, it wouldn’t command our admiration (or the hefty price tag). But thanks to a conversion, it now features oversized windows and materials imported from all over the globe that make the marble lobby and delicately arching sunroom a sight to behold (at least in the photographs). 

But we know deep down you’re really itching to go outside to the terrace and make some friends and annoy the neighbors with an outdoor sound system and a barbeque.

With 6,265 square feet, including an 1,150-square-foot guest quarters, according to the listing by Douglas Elliman. we could certainly go on. Unfortunately, unless you have $19.75 million to spare, you'll just have to use your imagination. --Laura Kusisto


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