Austin Powers, we've found your lobby
Ambling along East 46th Street one cold night recently, we were drawn in by the warm, bold look of the lobby at the Envoy
Towers apartment building between Second and First avenues. The lobby features a raised platform on which rest sleek leather sofas, a white orb lamp, a low-slung side table and polychromatic wall art. And yes, the place is dripping with marble. In other words, it's a mid-century modern masterpiece, and a thing that's increasingly rare, given the city's tear-down mentality.
The Envoy is among several stylish high-rises that sprouted in Turtle Bay after the arrival of the United Nations, which revitalized a neighborhood that had its share of rundown tenements and slaughterhouses by the East River. Many of these swank towers, like the Envoy, take their names from the lexicon of UN life.
-- Rolando Pujol