Can You Really Put a Price on An Unparalleled View of Queens? (Would it be $16 Million?)

[gallery link="file"] New York City is home to an almost endless plethora of unique and breathtaking views, from the skyscraper-laden length of Manhattan island, to the one and only Statue of Liberty and the harbor over which she watches welcomingly, and the watery quasi-tunnel of love created by the arches of iconic bridges like the Brooklyn, Williamsburg and 59th Street. Just get up to a roof in any part of this grand ole' town and look around! Aren't you just dizzy from the majesty? Dizzy enough to let Corcoran talk you into spending almost $15.75 million on a view of Northern Queens and the city's largest mental hospital? In all fairness, our patently dry (yet abstemiously brutal) humor might be a bit cruel in this particular case as the listing for this 5 bed, 6.5 bath, 4,900 square foot condo is a sleekly modern creation of ur-luxury and glassy/steely style. Throw in the fact that the doorman building is just a block from Gracie Mansion on the 'toniest' of East End blocks, with a list of amenities that includes a screening room, a golf simulator and a private squash court for residences... and you... our friend, are looking at a WASPy paradise of modern city living. But the floor to ceiling glass windows that dominate this incredible space call to mind another tenet of stiffly-lipped, Brooks Brothers, lock-jawed culture; the loony bin. From the most dramatic of exposures that this unit offers, you gaze Northeasterly out at Astoria and Randall's Island, home to the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, NYC's most populous mental health facility. A view that might put a bit of a damper on dinner parties (if one even talks about this sort of thing in mixed company...) However, it is hard to argue the merits of what the space does have to offer, 9 glassy rooms that seem to have all the accouterments that life on today's East End demand. Anyway, take a look for yourself and see if this place is more fit for a contemporary Whit Stillman gabfest, or a John Cheever meltdown. tmcenery@observer.com  

New York City is home to an almost endless plethora of unique and breathtaking views, from the skyscraper-laden length of Manhattan island, to the one and only Statue of Liberty and the harbor over which she watches welcomingly, and the watery quasi-tunnel of love created by the arches of iconic bridges like the Brooklyn, Williamsburg and 59th Street.

Just get up to a roof in any part of this grand ole’ town and look around! Aren’t you just dizzy from the majesty?

Dizzy enough to let Corcoran talk you into spending almost $15.75 million on a view of Northern Queens and the city’s largest mental hospital?

In all fairness, our patently dry (yet abstemiously brutal) humor might be a bit cruel in this particular case as the listing for this 5 bed, 6.5 bath, 4,900 square foot condo is a sleekly modern creation of ur-luxury and glassy/steely style. Throw in the fact that the doorman building is just a block from Gracie Mansion on the ‘toniest’ of East End blocks, with a list of amenities that includes a screening room, a golf simulator and a private squash court for residences… and you… our friend, are looking at a WASPy paradise of modern city living.

But the floor to ceiling glass windows that dominate this incredible space call to mind another tenet of stiffly-lipped, Brooks Brothers, lock-jawed culture; the loony bin.

From the most dramatic of exposures that this unit offers, you gaze Northeasterly out at Astoria and Randall’s Island, home to the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, NYC’s most populous mental health facility. A view that might put a bit of a damper on dinner parties (if one even talks about this sort of thing in mixed company…)

However, it is hard to argue the merits of what the space does have to offer, 9 glassy rooms that seem to have all the accouterments that life on today’s East End demand.

Anyway, take a look for yourself and see if this place is more fit for a contemporary Whit Stillman gabfest, or a John Cheever meltdown.

tmcenery@observer.com

 

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