And then there’s the bubble brownstone at number 251.
How else to describe this facade wiped clean of its circa-1899 decorative elements, its windows replaced by plastic-looking pods?
A search of the building’s history turned up this, from the May 9, 1976 New York Times, in an article on innovative window design:
“An interesting variation of the bay window can be found at 251 East 71st Street, where the architect Maurice Medcalfe used large oval glass bubbles for his windows.”
Strange as it first seems, it actually grows on you and sort of works with the scale of the rest of the street.