211 East 51st Street
211 East 51st Street, New York City, NY
|211 East 51st Street|
211 East 51st Street in Turtle Bay, Manhattan
|Architect||CMA Design Studio|
|Management Company||H. Justin Realty|
|Number of Units||73|
|Number of Floors||14|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|211 East 51st Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||63 nearby routes|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
Found in the prestigious neighborhood of Turtle Bay, Manhattan, 211 East 51st Street is a postwar high rise white brick building that was converted into a condominium in 2009. While the project endured some bumps along the road to conversion, the project was ultimately a success, resulting in 73 luxury apartment units in one of New York’s most reputable neighborhoods.
With its prime location adjacent to Greenacre Park, and a long list of luxury amenities, 211 East 51st Street looks destined to be a highly sought after address in New York real estate.
Located mid-block on East 51st Street between Second and Third Avenue, 211 East 51st Street finds itself in the prestigious residential neighborhood of Turtle Bay, in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Named after the English farm that once stood on the land in the 17th century, Turtle Bay has come full circle over the past couple of centuries. Originally a rural farmland, the neighborhood was also home to numerous summer houses that lined the coast of the East River.
The area’s population slowly grew over the years, and by the mid-18th century, Turtle Bay was a bustling residential community. This community made headlines on July 13th, 1863 when Turtle Bay was the site of the New York Draft Riots that broke out in response to the Draft Act of the American Civil War. These riots ultimately lasted for three days, damaged numerous buildings, killed 120 people, and injured over 2000 additional persons.
After the conclusion of the American Civil War, Turtle Bay commercialized very rapidly, and industrial buildings overtook the area, as did the crowded tenement buildings used to house the industrial workers. By the 1920s, the neighborhood had fallen into disrepair, poverty, and decay, and a group of residents formed a grassroots organization to restore Turtle Bay to its residential roots. This movement was spearheaded by Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan, a wealthy heiress who set out to save many of Turtle Bay’s classic brownstone townhouses by creating the Turtle Bay Gardens. This initiative was successful, and by the time the United Nations opened in 1948, Turtle Bay was well on its way to its current status as a quiet, high end, and prestigious residential neighborhood. 
With a walk score of 98 out of 100 and a transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of 211 East 51st Street do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are within walking distance of an abundance of food, shopping, home services, and transit options. With a bike score of 58 out of 100, cyclists will find good bike lanes hard to come by, but will enjoy the flat grades. 
Originally built in 1958, 211 East 51st Street was not converted into a residential condominium building until the late 2000s. The path to conversion was not always smooth, as the building changed hands several times before it was completed in 2009. Originally, 211 East 51st Street was sold for $42.5 million to Allied Properties from Uned Associates in 2007. The preferred conversion method at that time was to demolish the building and re-build in its place, but the zoning regulations for new construction in the area scuttled this plan. Instead, Allied Properties drew up a plan to retain the building’s steel framework, replace the rest of the structure, and build an additional seven stories on the top of the building.
This plan would never come to fruition, as the deal with Allied Properties fell through while they were waiting for a demolition permit. At this point, developer Henry Justin bought the building outright, and he hired CMA Design Studio to be the architect for the conversion, with Shamir Shah coming on board as the interior designer. The conversion began in 2008, was completed in 2009, and opened that year with 73 luxury apartments up for grabs. 
Layout and Features
Designed in the Modernist style of architecture, 211 East 51st Street stands 14 stories and contains 73 apartments. The building is built from a steel framework with a white brick facade of applied masonry. The interiors have been custom designed by Shamir Shah, and include several luxury features. These include:
- Hard wood flooring
- High ceilings
- Over sized windows
- Stack-able washer and dryers
- Individual heating and cooling controls
- Select units have balconies and/or terraces
- Spacious layouts
- Cyprus limestone tile flooring
- Calacatta gold marble slab counter tops
- Light rift-cut white oak lower cabinetry
- High glass lacquer upper cabinetry
- Bosch ovens, cook tops, dishwashers, and microwaves
- Northland refrigerators
- Clay tile and Italian marble flooring
- Custom vanities and cabinetry
- Standing showers
- Bianco Dolomite marble counter top
- Hansgrohe fixtures
With over 75 floor plans available, a selection is presented.
211 East 51st Street offers its residents a full line of luxury amenities, including:
- 24 hour Concierge
- 24 hour Doorman
- Maid service
- Laundry service
- Fitness Center
- Steam Room
- Business Room
- Resident Lounge
- Roof Deck
- Bike Room
- Storage facilities
- Laundry facilities
- Landscaped courtyard
- Private parking
|211 East 51st Street Bylaws|
- This building allows sublets, rentals, and pied-a-terre.
- This building is pet friendly.
- There are no age restrictions for this building.
Built in 1958, this building was constructed long before the era of sustainability and green living awareness, and therefore it is a product of its time and is not designated as a green building.
Residents who wish to help improve the building’s overall sustainability can do so by participating in New York City’s recycling programs, and by installing more energy efficient materials and appliances when updating and/or renovating their apartments.
- In June of 2012, 211 East 51st Street was featured in an episode of the television series Selling New York.
- In 2009, 211 East 51st Street was the subject of false rumors that it would be selling its units off at auction to help combat the slumping New York real estate market. These rumors were denied in a statement released by HJ Development.
- HJ Developments was also responsible for the conversion of the Heywood on Ninth Avenue and 26th Street, as well as the conversion at 130 West 30th Street, a building called the Cass Gilbert.
- Wikipedia - Turtle Bay, Manhattan
- Walk Score
- 211 East 51st Street official site
- New Construction Manhattan
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