The Christodora House, at 143 Avenue B, is something of an East Village anomaly. It’s a lovely old prewar edifice with a doorman — the only one in the neighborhood, in fact. And, at 16 stories, it’s tall, giving residences on the higher floors — like our home of the day, Apartment 10EF — a commanding view over Tompkins Square Park, north to the Empire State Building and south to One World Trade Center.
Built in 1928, building itself has a colorful history, even by East Village standards. Records show this is where George Gershwin gave his first public recital, and his creative influence must’ve lingered. Artsy types of all sorts have gravitated to the Christodora over the years, including, notably, actors Julia Stiles and Vincent D’Onofrio. Punk rocker Iggy Pop lived here, too, and his 1999 song Avenue B evokes the view from his fourth-floor apartment.
Apartment 10EF is one of the Christodora’s showpieces — finely restored to highlight its prewar charm, but smartly upgraded with a host of modern amenities. The floorplan yields a broad, windowed living room, one comfortable bedroom, a sharp home office, and a picture-perfect open kitchen with stainless steel appliances — a Wolf range, a Northland refrigerator, and a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. The master bath, which connects with a large walk-in closet, offers a gorgeous glass shower and a freestanding bathtub.