The Penthouse at the Edge of the World

A superlative piece of New York real estate:

And there on the map lies the farthest residential building from a subway entrance in Manhattan according to my analysis: 10 Gracie Square, located at the end of 84th street at the FDR Drive. It is 0.7 miles from the subway station as the crow flies, or 0.8 miles using the grid.

There are plenty of places that are nearly as inconvenient to the subway as this address, 10 Gracie Square, on top of which sits a $18,900,000 penthouse apartment, from which you have an unobstructed view of the Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility, which sits just across the water on Roosevelt Island. But none quite so. (A sample Google review: “This hospital sucks patients killing themselves serve spoiled food and drug dealing so sad nyc what is wrong with you.”)

Interesting how, among the twelve beautiful photos of this apartment, the only blurry one looks east, out the window:

This is the Gracie Square — south of Carl Schurz Park and Gracie Mansion. Which maybe casts Mayor Bloomberg’s storied insistence on taking the subway in a new, slightly heroic light? IF you ignore the fact that he didn’t actually live in Gracie, and IF you also forget that he took an SUV to the subway most days.

Anyway, now we know the actual reason for the Second Avenue subway project: to shave one avenue off the walking commute from 10 Gracie Square.