20 East End
New York is filled with picturesque blocks that exude a certain inimitable character -- and East End Avenue may be the most distinctive of the lot. This historic 11-block enclave on the storied Upper East Side is always there to greet you on your path back home. In fact, for residents of 20 East End Avenue -- unlike some Manhattanites who find respite away from their cramped island quarters -- it's this very neighborhood that reinvigorates them day in and day out.
East End Avenue is at once a cohesive part of the city and its own self-contained entity—its tucked-away allure and its almost otherworldly serenity is unlike any other in Manhattan. The New York Times described East End Avenue as having an “almost gated feel,” surprisingly quiet for its central and convenient location and rare in its small-town community feel in the big city.
East End Avenue is adjacent to Charles Schurz Park—a compact, remarkably lush space that borders the East River. Like East End Avenue itself, the park is a pristine delight, with winding stone staircases and manicured greenery, enhanced by its decidedly tranquil atmosphere. The park’s sweeping views of the East River are unmatched, and provide an idyllic backdrop for a relaxing stroll, jog, or bike ride.. The park – also the site of the mayor's majestic residence, Gracie Mansion – provides ample recreation with its basketball courts and playground, as well as its two dog runs.
As you approach 20 East End Avenue, you can't help but be enchanted by the charm of old New York the building exudes. Designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, 20 East End Avenue captures a pre-war aesthetic with carefully considered contemporary refinement. Stern refers to himself as a modern-traditionalist, and the luminous, Indiana limestone façade lends old world elegance.
Enter the building, through either the front entrance or the private motor court, into the octagonal lobby, and you are greeted with gracious details in every direction – “handkerchief” dome ceiling above, marble and limestone floors below, and an antique, mirrored concierge desk ahead. Its fairy tale staircase leads to three floors of club-like amenities, offering a true extension of the home into warmly-appointed spaces for socializing, recreation, and relaxation. Even before you open your front door, the path leading to 20 East End Avenue – from the glowing warmth of the block itself, to the elegant façade and the grand lobby – together extend the special welcome of coming home.