Park Avenue's prewar co-op buildings contain some of the most extravagant, expensive, and desirable apartments in the city—nay, in the world—and for the Gold Cost's more recent additions, the pressure to compete can be...a little much. How else to explain the two thick marble columns stuck between the living and dining rooms of this 650 Park Avenue (built in 1962) duplex, which just hit the market for $4.25 million? While the rest of the apartment is a fairly nice imitation of Upper East Side grandeur, the effect that the columns accomplish is something along the lines of: What are those two huge columns doing there? It's unlikely that Candela would approve.
· Listing: 650 Park Avenue #15/16A [Brown Harris Stevens]