Why the love of River House?
1) Architectural masterpiece on the outside; very impressive on the inside, if a notch down from the tippy-top tier. 2) Fights above its weight class. Â Unlike most of the other top buildings, it is not small, not on the Upper East Side, not bursting with fireplaces, and not pre-1929 (or pre WWI, in the case of some of the snobbiest). Â Yet it still manages to draw incredible prices and maintain a very high level of cache. Â It's sort of a "wild card." Look, 740 is better building qua
building, overall. Â (The layouts are much better.) Â I could be persuaded that it is more "exclusive" though of course I don't have an owners list for either. Â River House just has that je ne sais quois.
Or maybe I'm just full of it. Anyway the Rockefeller triplex in 740 is, architecturally, one of the two or three best extant apartments in NYC, and one of the four or five best ever built. Â The individual apartments are bigger and grander. Â But if I had to name my favorite Candela building, in terms of architectural achievement, I would say 770.