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That's Rather Hideous: Special East 50's Hideous-off!

That's Rather Hideous examines questionable decisions in interior design as revealed in listing photos. Nominees, please, to

What is it about the East 50's that inspires design so, well, hideous? Today, two contenders. At top, on East 54th Street, an $849,000 (chopped from $975,000) pad that, according to the broker babble, was "inspired by the elegance of turn-of-the century Europe... The marble-floored foyer with its presentation shelving and sculpted glass door leading to the bedroom suite features an arched entrance to its classic mirrored space for entertaining. Lalique-inspired window panels discretely keep out the city sights while letting in the city lights. Black and white marble flooring defines the dining area, which contains a ten-foot long hidden cabinet for fine china and crystal." We'd call it paean to the decorating touch that is Donald Trump, but then, we don't sell apartments for a living.

Meantime, down on East 53rd, a $1.675 million apartment with decidedly less over-the-top broker prose ("The washer dryer is another plus"). Yet still delightfully hideous in its own way. Overall, a slight edge to the more northerly listing.
· Listing: 320 East 54th Street [Century 21 NYC]
· Listing: 411 East 53rd Street [CBHK]