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Up Close With Ralph Lauren's New Collection...of Limestone

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When we got a glance of the new Ralph Lauren store/palazzo on the Upper East Side we were bowled over by all the luscious limestone. We're crazy for this kind of classic New York stuff, as was seen when 15 Central Park West first got stoned. So we braved the crowds of Qataris on East 72nd Street and made our way over to 888 Madison for a little one-on-one with this Beaux Arts beauty. We're happy to say that it's even prettier in person.

The design team at Weddle Gilmore, Ralph's go-to gang for emporiums in Paris and other spendy spots, worked in conjunction with architect Thomas Hut of HS2 Architecture to create four floors of restrained luxury. They wrapped it all in Indiana limestone provided by the same crew who got the new Yankee Stadium all stoned up. McKim Mead & White, who built a sober abode in mottled brick on this same lot back in 1894, would no doubt give this newbie a big thumbs up.
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