Midtown on the East Side, from Fifth Avenue to the East River, from 42nd to 57th streets.
Midtown East, which spans from 42nd Street north to 59th, and East of Fifth Avenue to the East River, melds vibrant business/commerce with exquisite classic architecture. The area houses some of New York’s most iconic landmarks like Grand Central Terminal, one of the largest and most stunning train stations in the world, the United Nations headquarters, and the gorgeous Chrysler Building; plus it’s home to renowned department stores including Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman and the original Saks Fifth Avenue. An ideal location puts residents in the heart of famed attractions including Central Park, one of the most spectacular green sanctuaries in the world.
Midtown East is comprised of different neighborhood niches, each with a unique history. From East 23rd to 34th Streets, and the East River to Third Avenue is Kips Bay, named after Jacobus Hendrickson Kip who owned farmland in the area. One of the city’s few remaining wooden houses still stands at East 29th Street, and the only dirt alley – Broadway Alley – is near East 26th Street and Lexington Avenue. Murray Hill, which runs from East 34th to 42nd Streets and from the East River to Madison Avenue, was named after the Quaker merchant Robert Murray. The hill that once held his farmhouse, built in 1762, has since been leveled. From East 41st to 43rd Streets between First and Second Avenues is Tudor City, the first residential skyscraper in the world completed in 1932 in neo-Gothic style. North of Kips Bay is Turtle Bay, a 1639 Dutch farmland settlement that once overlooked a small cove (where Edgar Allen Poe often rowed a boat). This was home to James Beekman’s famous Mount Pleasant Mansion (1763), in what is now known as Beekman Place, as well as the Turtle Bay Gardens Historic District that attracted literati and actors in the 1920s. In 1950, the UN headquarters was built on the edge of the East River, where a slaughterhouse once operated. Sutton Place above Turtle Bay epitomized fashion in the 1920s.
While Midtown East is filled with luxury skyscraper condos and co-ops featuring open city views and wonderful modern amenities, its contemporary vibe is complemented by rich tradition evidenced by classic brownstones and historic landmarks like the Art Deco landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a Gothic Revival masterpiece built on Fifth Avenue in 1878. Professionals and families flock to this safe and convenient neighborhood that affords prime access to attractions and transportation.
Grand Central Station with its high ceiling full of stars and the Campbell Apartment, the United Nations headquarters in Midtown overlooking the East River, the Chrysler Building shooting into the sky with its Art Deco glory — what part of New York City is more iconic than Midtown on the East Side?
The Midtown area has the energy of commerce with the beauty of glorious old architecture: you get both light and lifestyle. Many condos and co-ops are skyscrapers with open city views, so at night you can see Midtown spread like a blanket beneath your feet. Some of the layouts in Midtown are loft-like with oversized windows, to take advantage of the spectacular views, while some are set up along more classic and traditional lines with foyers and en-suite baths. At 250 East 49th Street, the ceilings are nearly twelve feet high, and the condo units come with Poggenpohl kitchens and spa-like limestone baths. The amenities of these luxury Midtown apartment buildings often include health clubs, party rooms, storage and parking. Once you live in Midtown, you’ll find the lifestyle isn’t just walk-to-work — it’s walk-to-everything. Midtown East residents find their shopping at Bloomingdale’s, a New York landmark since 1861, and their recreation in Central Park, one of the world’s most magnificent green sanctuaries, which offers bike riding, rollerblading, and ice skating as well as Shakespeare in the Park.
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