309 East 49th Street

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309 East 49th Street, New York City, NY

309 East 49th Street

Exterior view of 309 East 49th Street
Building Information
Management Company Heron Properties
Number of Units 86
Number of Floors 22
Year Built 1962
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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309 East 49th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6-4
Title of Land Condominium



Among the relentless grid that characterizes Midtown Manhattan stands a 22-story concrete condominium building that adds a softer edge to the area with elegant, curved balconies stacked on top of each other as they ascend skywards. This building is known as 309 East 49th Street in Turtle Bay.

It was originally built in 1962 but converted into a condominium in 1982. The building is recognizable for its exposed concrete facade that New York real estate editor Carter Horsley says makes it look like it's wearing a "light gray flannel suit."[1]

This high-rise building has an angled entrance leading to a modern lobby.[1] 86 apartments fill the tower offering views of Midtown skyscrapers such as the Chrysler Building, the Empire State building, and the United Nations Headquarters which is situated just a little ways southeast.


This condominium building is located on 49th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan's central business district. This area is called Turtle Bay, which extends extends from 43rd to 53rd Streets and from Lexington Avenue to the East River.[2]

While this area is known for heavy traffic, the proximity of 309 East 49th Street to Midtown shops, dining, and entertainment makes it a desirable location for urban dwellers. 49th Street itself is lined with trees.

Residents can easily take cross-town buses to get to Bryant Park, the New York Public Library, and Times Square. Subway stations are within walking distance such as Grand Central Terminal or Lexington Avenue. 309 East 49th Street is close to grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, schools, parks, as well as car and bike shares.[3]

The United Nations is only a short walk away that offers green space such as Robert Moses Playground to the south and Peter Detmold Park to the north.


309 East 49th Street is a concrete condominium tower that displays an exposed concrete facade on its exterior. Breaking up the rectilinear appearance of the building and its surroundings are curved balconies placed on the corners and along the face of the building.

The balconies alternate floors to allow more natural light and air into the individual units. The balconies create a balanced, symmetrical design because of their white borders on the top and bottom that also stretch horizontally across the building.[1]

Layout and Features

This 22-story high-rise offers a range of suites from one to three bedrooms. Units are spacious and come with modern kitchens, ample closet space, hardwood floors, and large windows letting in lots of natural light. Residents can also experience a taste of the outside on their spacious balconies and the rooftop garden.

Floor Plans

Of over 30 floor plans available, here is a small sample.


309 East 49th Street comes with the following amenities:

  • 24-hour doorman
  • concierge
  • storage
  • rooftop garden
  • courtyard
  • balconies
  • washer/dryer in building


309 East 49th Street Bylaws
Pets Yes
Age No

Residents are allowed pets in this condominium and there is no age restriction.

309 East 49th Street welcomes primary residents, pied-à-terre, and investors.[4]


309 East 49th Street was not specifically designed as a 'green' building. Residents concerned with sustainable living can take advantage of their prime location for walking and by making use of New York City's recycling programs.


  • Turtle Bay, the area where 309 East 49th Street is located, gets its name from the turtles that used to inhabit this area before 1868. The area was formerly a crescent-shaped inlet of the East River but was later filled in for development.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 City Realty - Review
  2. Wikipedia - Turtle Bay
  3. Walk Score
  4. Douglas Elliman
  5. NYC Parks

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