Sutton Place and Beekman Place comprise the neighboring enclaves of elegant—though not overwhelmingly so—buildings along the East River, east of First Avenue with Midtown to the west. With dramatic views of the Queensboro Bridge and Roosevelt Island and easy access to the F.D.R. Drive, these neighborhoods are tiny oases of calm and community amid hectic Midtown commerce.
Sutton Place benefits from two public parks. One Sutton Place South—a neo-Georgian style mansion—is one of the city's grandest addresses. Two townhouse rows—between 57th and 58th Streets—share a large communal garden overlooking the East River.
Beekman Place runs from 49th to 51st Streets, consisting of two blocks of ivy-covered townhomes and co-op buildings. The neighborhood was named for the Beekman family, which built its mansion, Mount Pleasant, there in 1764. The grand apartment house at One Beekman Place was built in 1929, setting the tone for the little street. One Beekman Place opens directly to the river, and its south facade overlooks the United Nations and its gardens.
Though the area is a bit far from the nearest subway on Lexington and Third Avenues, an upside is that housing prices tend to be below those of the Upper East Side. The neighborhood boasts plenty of retail activity, including the vast Bridgemarket Food Emporium just below the Queensboro Bridge. Sutton East Tennis Club, an enclosed winter tennis facility, is another convenient amenity for neighborhood residents.