Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #79

45 East 66th Street

Architect: Harde & Short
Style: Gothic Revival
Use: Residential
Opened: 1908
Borough: Manhattan

This magnificent French Gothic façade has been a NYC landmark since 1977, when the tenants victoriously led a rent strike against a landlord who sought to alter its beautiful terra cotta accoutrements after replacing the interior incandescent lighting with fluorescents. However, not all such uprisings were equally successful. In 2015, tenant Rudy Giuliani led a panel objecting to the addition of a small penthouse atop the building, which was approved as it is completely invisible from nearly every street-level vantage point.

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1 Comment

  1. Great choice !!

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