2 Sutton Place South

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2 Sutton Place South, New York, NY

2 Sutton Place South

2 Sutton Place South - Exterior[1]
Building Information
Developer 2 Sutton Place South Inc.
Architect Emery Roth
Management Company Brown Harris Stevens
Number of Units 129
Number of Floors 19
Year Built 1938
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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2 Sutton Place South, New York, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10
Title of Land Cooperative



Building Architect Emery Roth.

Some buildings need a fancy name to go with the street address.

Some don’t.

2 Sutton Place South is in that second category. Built in 1938, by one of New York’s most acclaimed architects, Emery Roth, this Cooperative is a cornerstone in what is one of the most talked-about neighborhoods in New York.

Sutton Place is home to such famous figures as former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, designer Kenneth Cole, actress Sigourney Weaver, and another of the city’s most renowned building designers – I.M. Pei. On the star-studded list of former residents: Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, Lillian Gish, Aristotle Onassis, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, and Marilyn Monroe, who lived at 2 Sutton with her then husband Arthur Miller.

As if the people living inside the apartments weren’t enough, Sutton Place’s buildings have been appearing on film since the Golden Age of Hollywood. From How to Marry a Millionaire, to Scarface, Almost Famous, and Wall Street, Sutton Place has been, and will continue to be a fixture of influence and affluence in New York.[1]


This building’s address speaks volumes about what one will find in the neighborhood. Critically acclaimed restaurant, Per Se, is nearby. There are also fixtures like Sardi’s, and The Carnegie Deli. Shoppers will find a long list of spending spots that run the gamut from sport shops, to pet stores, and fine wine. Sutton also has easy access to FDR Drive and the East River Promenade.

Upscale areas like this one often mean fewer options for public transit. This is not the case, here. There are more than 40 road and rail options within a few blocks of the building. Despite that uniqueness, Sutton residents are more inclined toward private transportation, which can mean heavier vehicle traffic.[2]


Built in 1938 and converted to condos in 1957, 2 Sutton Place is pre-war architecture at its best. 19 stories of classic red brickwork and concrete, topped with a common roof terrace. Back on the ground, the lobby hearkens a return to the building’s roots and reflects its overall feel: not particularly vast in terms of its individual spaces, but tastefully decorated and welcoming.

2 Sutton South may look a little small sitting next to architect Rosario Candela’s equally famous building at 1 Sutton Place South – with its full-block façade and 5000 square foot penthouse – but size isn’t everything.[3]

Layout and Features

Apart from its residents, the two most unique aspects of this building are interesting reminders of its history. 2 Sutton South was built in a time when New York’s – and North America’s – most successful citizens were arguably more defined by the cars they drove than they are today. With that in mind, this building is one of only a few to feature both a covered driveway and a full service garage.

It’s interesting to note that 2 Sutton South's latest renovations didn’t include the addition of any other balconies. And though the individual units are beautifully appointed, they’re also somewhat small by city standards within the building’s price range. There's the common roof garden and terrace, though some people are of the opinion that it's less about the terrace and more about the opportunity to look down from the roof of a building on Sutton Place.

Regardless, 2 Sutton South is steeped in history. For many, the privilege of the address is more than enough to justify the price tag.[4]

Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans from 2 Sutton Place South:


A rooftop garden on Sutton Plsce.
  • Full time doorman
  • Gym
  • Common roof garden and terrace
  • Full service garage


2 Sutton Place South Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Apartments are only available to own within the cooperative.
  • The building is pet-friendly.
  • There are no age restrictions on residency, but prospective buyers should note that entry into the cooperative requires a 55% downpayment and very strong financial standing - with single bedroom suites costing upwards of $600,000.
  • Pied-a-terre - the use of a unit as a second home for temporary lodging when based elsewhere - is allowed.


Emery Roth designed 2 Sutton Place South long before New Yorkers were taking things like sustainability and environmental impact into account. However, modern renovations have equipped all of the building's apartments with the latest in energy saving appliances -- refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, and light fixtures.

The construction of a common roof deck also means that the Cooperative's managers have installed an Inverted Roof Membrane Assembly (IRMA) for improved insulation and heat conservation. On an individual level, residents are also encouraged to make use of city-wide recycling programs.

Although Sutton Place residents are undoubtedly driving some of the most expensive cars on the market, there are more than 40 public transportation options within a few blocks, should they wish to reduce their carbon footprint.[5]


Former resident at 2 Sutton Place, Marilyn Monroe.
  • In Marilyn Monroe's 1953 film, How to Marry a Millionaire, 36 Sutton Place South appeared as an exterior location. Later, in 1956, Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in their 2 Sutton Place apartment.
  • In J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye (1951), protagonist Holden Caulfield mentions a "swanky apartment" on Sutton Place as the height of New York living.
  • In Sidney Kingsley's 1935 play, Dead End (and the 1937 Humphrey Bogart film adaptation), the corner of Sutton and 57th is the dead end to which Kingsley is referring. [6]


  1. Street Advisor
  2. Walk Score
  3. Curbed New York
  4. City Realty
  5. Walk Score
  6. IMDB

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