Storied French restaurant Lutèce occupied the ground floor of 249 East 50th Street for more than 40 years before shutting its doors in 2004. Thanks to the restaurant’s fame, the three townhouses at 249-253 East 50th Street have appeared in several movies and TV shows, including The Prince of Tides, Wall Street, and most recently, Mad Men. Now plans have been filed for the 16-story building that will replace them between Second and Third avenues.
New building applications call for a 210-foot-tall building with 29 apartments. Those 29 units would be divided across 49,434 square feet of residential space, for typical apartments measuring 1,700 square feet. The first six stories will hold four units apiece, and each of the remaining 10 stories will have just one, full-floor unit.
Bike storage, tenant storage, and laundry would fill the cellar, and there would be a rec room on the top floor.
The developer is Chinatown-based Tun Kyaw, and Issac and Stern Architects will be responsible for design.
Kyaw’s LLC picked up the three townhouses for $17 million in October 2014. Demolition plans were filed and approved last year for the four- and five-story, turn-of-the-century structures.
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