212 East 47th Street

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212 East 47th Street, New York City, NY

212 East 47th Street

212 East 47th Street in Turtle Bay, Manhattan
Building Information
Developer Extell Development
Management Company Goldstein Management
Number of Units 261
Number of Floors 35
Year Built 1979
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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212 East 47th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 60 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10
Title of Land Condominium



Originally a rental building, 212 East 47th Street is a postwar high rise tower that was converted into a luxury condominium residence in 2008. In the 2000s, the neighborhood of Turtle Bay experienced a massive housing boom, with several condominium towers being built or created from pre-existing structures.

212 East 47th Street was at the heart of this trend, as buyers were lured into the area through its prestige and reputation as a quiet, primarily residential neighborhood. While the conversion project did experience a couple of setbacks with construction problems, the building proved to be very successful and popular with buyers, and with its prestigious area code of 212, this building will most likely remain a popular address in the future.


Located mid-block on East 47th Street, between Second and Third Avenue, 212 East 47th Street finds itself in the neighborhood of Turtle Bay, an area with a long and storied history. Named after the English farm that once stood where Turtle Bay now exists, the neighborhood was originally a residential area, with numerous summer homes lining the edge of the East River.

By the early 19th century, Turtle Bay had grown into a populous residential enclave, and in July of 1863, became the site of the New York Draft Riots that left 120 people dead and over 2000 people injured. After the conclusion of the American Civil War, Turtle Bay was commercialized with the construction of dozens of industrial buildings, as well as squalid tenement buildings. The area quickly devolved into poverty and decay, and it wasn't until the 1920s that residents in the area began to restore Turtle Bay’s reputation as a desirable residential destination.

Today, Turtle Bay enjoys a high level of prestige, thanks to the presence of the United Nations and the Turtle Bay Association, a residential group dedicated to preserving the neighborhood’s reputation and integrity. Turtle Bay is currently home to numerous diplomatic missions to the United Nations, including those to Canada, Israel, Germany, Denmark, Egypt, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Iceland, Hungary, France, Greece, India, Italy, Kenya, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Turkey, and North Korea.[1]

With a walk and transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of this building do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are close to an abundance of food, shopping, transit, and home services options. With a bike score of 60 out of 100, cyclists will find good bike lanes hard to come by, but will enjoy the flat grades.[2]


212 East 47th Street was originally constructed in 1979, and opened as a rental residence with 261 apartments. It wasn't until the luxury residence boom swept through the neighborhood of Turtle Bay in the mid-2000s that the building was bought by Extell Development in 2007 and converted into a luxury condominium residence. The conversion was completed in 2008, with owners moving in later that year.

212 East 47th Street’s conversion was not without its troubles, as in May 2008 the building was hit with a partial work stop order because of a plumbing permit issue. Later, in April of 2009, it was revealed that the clothes dryers in the building had been out of order for over a month due to improper gas line installations.[3]

Layout and Features

Standing at 35 stories, 212 East 47th Street contains 261 apartments ranging in size from one to three bedroom units. Select units within the building have balconies, terraces, and/or fireplaces, and all units come equipped with washers and dryers, high ceilings, and over sized windows. The building itself is constructed from beige brick, and is accessed through a revolving door in a greenhouse entrance that features a canopy marque and a curved ramp.

During the conversion to luxury condominiums, three different finishing plans were offered to buyers. These plans were called Collections and the three Collections are as follows:

Collection 1

  • Natural wood flooring
  • Moon white granite kitchen counter tops
  • Calacatta marble brick mosaic back splash
  • Wenge wood lower kitchen cabinets
  • Aluminum framed frosted glass upper kitchen cabinets

Collection 2

  • French white oak flooring with Gramercy stain
  • Crystallized white glass kitchen counter tops
  • Rosewood kitchen cabinets
  • Grigio Carnio stone bathroom counters and floors
  • Mahogany bathroom vanities

Collection 3

  • Berti wood Jatoba flooring with Venetian brown stain
  • Brown toned Gaudi marble bathroom finishes
  • Tabu wood finishes in the bathroom[4]

Floor Plans

With over 160 floor plans available, a selection is presented.


212 East 47th provides its residents with a long list of luxury amenities, including:

  • 24 hour Concierge
  • 24 hour Doorman
  • Live in superintendent
  • 1,700 square foot La Palestra designed fitness center
  • Yoga studio
  • Pilates room
  • Resident lounge
  • Library
  • Catering kitchen
  • Laundry service and facilities
  • Bike room
  • Storage facilities
  • Parking garage



212 East 47th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • This building allows rentals and sublets.
  • There are no age restrictions for this building.
  • This building is pet friendly.



This building does not have any LEED certification, and therefore it is not designated as a green building. Residents wishing to help improve this building’s overall sustainability can do so in the following ways:

  • Participating in New York City’s recycling programs
  • Installing more energy efficient materials and appliances when updating and/or renovating their apartments
  • Forsaking car ownership in favor of walking and taking public transit in order to reduce their carbon footprint



  • This building’s conversion from a rental building into a luxury condominium residence experienced a couple of construction difficulties with its plumbing permits and gas line installations, however, these problems pale in comparison to the problems at 303 East 51st Street, a tower being constructed at the same time mere blocks away. On March 15th, 2008, a crane being used in the construction of the tower at 303 East 51st collapsed, killing four people and injuring over 10 others. [8]
  • When 212 East 47th Street opened as a rental building in 1979, the building was known as L’Ecole. [9]
  • In 2011, residents of 212 East 47th Street claimed that the building was filled with toxic levels of carcinogen crystalline silica, caused when the building’s facade was redone in 2008. Doctors backed up the residents’ claim that these carcinogens can cause lung disease and breathing problems, but when confronted with these claims, the building’s management rejected the idea that there was a problem. [10]


  1. Wikipedia - Turtle Bay, Manhattan
  2. Walk Score
  3. Curbed NY
  4. City Realty
  5. Streeteasy
  6. Manhattan Scout
  7. Manhattan Scout
  8. NY Times
  9. City Realty
  10. NY Post

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