12 Beekman Place

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12 Beekman Place, New York City, NY

12 Beekman Place

Exterior of 12 Beekman Place
Building Information
Architect H.I. Feldman
Management Company Brown Harris Stevens Management
Number of Units 69
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1957
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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12 Beekman Place, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8B
Title of Land Cooperative



Street View of 12 Beekman Place

Designed by architect H.I. Feldman, 12 Beekman Place is a white glove service, 13 story building in Midtown Manhattan. Built in 1957, 12 Beekman Place is an attractive red brick building with 69 residences that was originally an apartment rental building and was later converted to its current cooperative ownership structure. In addition to the 24-hour doorman at the building, there is an elevator attendant and a full staff available to assist the residents.

Many of the homes offered at the building are studios, one, or two bedroom units, some of which have been combined to create larger floor plans. Many of the homes offer balconies or greenhouse-style solaria. This pet-friendly building offers an attended parking garage and private storage facilities, as well as multi-floor laundry facilities.

Turtle Bay is located just south of Sutton Place on the coast of the East River, and offers many quiet, tree-lined streets that are lined with historic mid and low rise buildings. This serene yet central enclave has become a sought-after residential neighborhood, providing enough distance from the bustling Manhattan streets while still remaining convenient and central. This charming neighborhood also offers private security patrol, and has been said to be one of New York's "best kept secrets."[1]


Located southeast of the southernmost border of Central Park, 12 Beekman Place offers a quiet, residential neighborhood in Turtle Bay just one block west of the shore of the East River. Nearby landmarks include Peter Detmold Park along the East River and The United Nations plaza. Nearby outdoor areas that are within walking distance include Sutton Place Park, Turtle Bay Gardens Historic District, The Friends of Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, and Greenacre Park.

School within the catchment of 12 Beekman Place include The Beekman School, Cathedral High School, Art and Design High School, and Lyceum Kennedy. The Rockefeller University is located north along the East River, which is about a 20 minute walk from 12 Beekman Place.

There are many public transit routes in the neighborhood, including the nearest bus stop which is situated within one block at the busier First Avenue. The nearest metro subway station is located about six blocks away from the building at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street. There are also car and bike share programs within walking distance, along with many restaurants, cafes, markets, and stores.[2]


Exterior Facade of 12 Beekman Place

12 Beekman Place is a 13 story building which occupies a total area 90,089 square feet, on a corner lot with a size of 10,440 square feet. Designed by architect H.I. Feldman, a prominent architect who designed an estimated 2500 apartment houses in the New York metropolitan area over the span of his career, 12 Beekman Place offers a classic design with a red brick exterior facade.

The building has an attractive single-story limestone base with a canopied entrance on the very quiet, tree-lined Beekman Place. The exterior of the building has a vibrant, distinguished, and well maintained brick exterior with many columns of wide and narrow windows. There is a separate service entrance off the building's cross-street of East 50th Street, as well as wrought-iron gated windows at the ground-level of this exposure. The building's parking garage entrance is located at the back of the building on East 50th Street, which also provides a gap between the building's back wall and its neighboring building.

The roof line of the building is irregular and allows for private outdoor terraces, as well as a slightly tapered appearance. The concrete slab building has a wider frontage on East 50th Street, has no balconies other than its roof terraces.[3]

Layout and Features

There are many different sizes and floor plans offered at 12 Beekman Place, many of which are suited to singles and couples as studios and one bedrooms, as well as some two bedroom floor plans as well. Many of these interiors are simple and basic, with large windows for plenty of natural light. Corner units offer large, wrap-around windows for additional light and views from multiple exposures. Expansive views of the East River are offered from many of the balconies in the building.

Many floor plans offer formal dining spaces, libraries, balconies, greenhouse-like solaria or dens, as well as well-appointed bedrooms and large kitchens. Many of the homes have remained sustainable by choosing to maintain their original parquet or herringbone floors.

Many of the floor plans also offer grand entrance foyers or galleries, as well as ample closet space with master walk-in closets. Some of the residences have been upgraded with modern kitchens that often include stainless steel appliances, granite or stone counter tops, and modern back splashes, lighting, and flooring. The same is true for some of the bathrooms throughout the interiors, which have commonly been renovated with modern fixtures and tiles or marble.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 20 floor plans available. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 12 Beekman Place include:

  • Doorman
  • On-site Parking
  • Common Laundry


12 Beekman Place Bylaws
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Pets are allowed at 12 Beekman Place
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership


Sustainable features offered at 12 Beekman Place include:

  • Durable concrete and brick construction materials
  • A well-maintained exterior for future longevity
  • No high-energy amenities
  • Hardwood floors in interiors
  • Many double-pane, energy-efficient windows

The building is also within walking distance to many restaurants, cafes, and shops on First Avenue. Bus stations are located very close by, as well as car share programs that utilize low-emission vehicles.


Secretariat building at United Nations Headquarters

One of the closest landmarks to 12 Beekman Place is the headquarters of the United Nations, which is a complex along the East River in Turtle Bay that has been the official headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1952.

The United Nations Headquarters occupies a large area of 17 acres overlooking the East River, and was built in stages with the core complex completed between 1948-1952. The land which now serves as the UN Headquarters site was purchased from the New York real estate developer of the time, William Zeckendorf, Sr. The purchase was arranged by Nelson Rockefeller for $8.5 million dollars. Wallace Harrison acted as the Director of Planning for the United Nations Headquarters, and Harrison and Abramovitz oversaw the execution of the complex's design.

The complex includes a number of notable buildings, which include:

  • Secretariat building, which is the 39 story, predominate building of the headquarters
  • The domed General Assembly building
  • Dag Hammarskjöld Library, which holds 400,000 books
  • United Nations General Assembly hall, which is the largest room in the complex that seats 1,800
  • The Conference Building, which holds the Security Council Chamber[5]


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  4. Trulia
  5. Wikipedia

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