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Second Avenue Subway Ville

Why living in a construction site for a few years might pay off.

Illustration by James Gulliver Hancock  

Urban legend no more, the Second Avenue subway is looking more like a reality the first stretch, an extension of the Q that will run from 63rd Street to 96th Street, with additional stops at 72nd and 86th, is slated to be completed in December 2016. (Once it’s budgeted to run farther downtown, the T line will also be put into service, running from East Harlem to the Financial District.) The streets of the far East Side have been torn up to make way for the transit line and dozens of new developments which has chased away some retailers and restaurateurs (like the beloved Tony’s Di Napoli), while plenty of others are staking their claim (the Meatball Shop among them), lured by the prospect of a post-subway renaissance. Those late to the party, fear not: There are still deals to be had, especially if you’re willing to move east of Second Avenue and make the haul to Lex for the time being.

On the Market

343 East 84th Street
A circa-1901, 20-foot-wide townhouse with five bedrooms, four baths, six working wood-burning fireplaces, a patio, and a garden.
Price: $5.995 million (or $20,000 a month to rent)
Agents: Jane Beal and Jennie Ma, the Corcoran Group

400 East 77th Street
The dining area in this 950-square-foot junior-four co-op was made into a proper second bedroom, and the rest of the apartment’s been renovated, too.
Price: $775,000
Agents: Carla Slocum-Friedman and Stacey Froelich, Compass

225 East 79th Street
This one-bedroom with original inlaid floors is in a prewar co-op that also permits pied-à-terre use.
Price: $499,000
Agents: Marcia Gershon and Andia Smull, Halstead Property

417421 East 90th Street
South-facing windows give this 450-square-foot studio co-op an airy feel. It has central air, and the bathroom’s been recently made over.
Price: $299,000
Agent: Larry Heilbronn, Heller Organization


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