Dag Hammarskjold Tower

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240 East 47th Street, New York City, NY

Dag Hammarskjold Tower

Dag Hammarskjold Tower proudly displaying its chamfered corner and center groove
Building Information
Developer R. H. Sanbar Group
Architect Gruzen & Partners
Number of Units 133
Number of Floors 43
Year Built 1984
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Glass
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240 East 47th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1 - 9
Title of Land Condominium



Built in 1984, this elegant building towers over 2nd Avenue in the heart of Turtle Bay area, home of the United Nations district. This distinctive tower displays a chamfered corner with a center groove and many suites have a fantastic view of the East River. The entrance on 47th Street at the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue shows a small triangular plaza with several small fountains. As the structure rises up to its 43 stories from the street, more and more of the light-colored brick panels of the building's facade come into view.

The rooftop is a staggered black glass and brick facade mix that lends additional distinction to a building that belongs in the the diplomatic and consular area. The Dag Hammarskjold Tower faces onto Dag Hammarskjold Plaza where a variety of artistic statues are presented guiding a walker to the United Nations buildings nearby. Named for Dag Hammarskjold, a former Secretary-General of the UN, this building respects the memory of the only Secretary-General who died in office.

The Dag Hammarskjold Tower has been described as "an understated tower with simple, faceted balconies."[1]


The Dag Hammarskjold Tower is conveniently located in Mid-town Manhattan near Grand Central Terminal and other public transportation. A short walk will bring you to the East River and the United Nations Plaza. The flags of the 193 member nations are displayed alphabetically along 1st Avenue in front of the United Nations grounds.

Lexington, Park, and Madison Avenues are all a short distance away to meet all the retail and advertising needs that residents of Dag Hammarskjold Tower may have.[2]


Constructed of concrete over a steel skeleton, the Dag Hammarskjold Tower presents well using alternating light brick and glass cladding. The faceted corners display distintive balconies, some of which are discretely situated as befits a building in this district.

Black glass on the roof encloses an indoor swimming pool and lends another elegant touch to its finish. The overall design of this building is smart and tidy. Its simplicity suggests a structure of considerable distinction.

Layout and Features

Apart from its distinctive, yet subtle exterior design, the apartments themselves are quite varied. The proximity to the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, the United Nations, and city transport are all on the plus side of this residence.

Basement storage is available for residents and its more modern post-war design provides central air conditioning and a full service garage, not to mention the indoor rooftop pool.

Most of the suites have balconies, some more discrete than others. Some people have expressed concern about traffic noise on 2nd Avenue, but not many areas in Manhattan can fully escape this issue.[3]

Floor Plans

Numerous variations of floor plans are available. Here is a small representation:


Many amenities are available in the Dag Hammarskjold Tower including:

  • A concierge is on duty for assistance
  • Health club
  • Fitness center
  • A bicycle room contributes to the wellness of the residents who use these facilities.
  • For walkers, a stroll through Dag Hammarskjold Plaza towards East River might be in store.
  • Children's playroom
  • Roof deck
  • Lounge
  • Garden


Dag Hammarskjold Tower Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

The Dag Hammarskjold Tower is a prime building to both buy into and to rent. Numerous advertisements of available rental suites can be found at a number of real estate websites. Many Diplomatic personnel to the UN may have lengthy assignments for their countries, but do not become permanent residents. The Dag Hammarskjold Tower offers rental opportunities to both New Yorkers and visitors alike.

Many of the suites have been renovated over the years and hardwood floors seems to be a very popular choice according to images of rental opportunities on the web. Pets are allowed and no age restrictions for residents are listed.


Perhaps the Dag Hammarskjold Tower was constructed before our modern awareness of sustainability was enacted, but events and activities surrounding the Dag Hammarskjold Tower may help to contribute to the 'Green' awareness we now hold.

For one, the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket brings local food to the Turtle Bay community weekly on Wednesdays, closing only when the UN General Assembly is scheduled to meet. This market reflects the colorful and sophisticated palates of its neighbors, from classics like sweet corn and buttery squash to unusual finds such as micro-greens and pimientos de padron. In their respective seasons, shoppers will find many varieties of apples, berries, stone fruit, and grapes amidst a vast selection of fruit and vegetables. A great selection of sustainably raised meats; beef, pork, chicken, fresh and smoked fish; as well as glass bottled milk, farmstead cheeses, and ice cream are all on offer. Learn at-home demonstrations of preserving techniques are presented as well as nutrition seminars.

Dag Hammarskjold's influence is still exerted long after his death in 1961. The Dag Hammarskjold Foundation pays tribute to the memory of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations by searching for and examining workable alternatives for a democratic, socially and economically just, ecologically sustainable, peaceful and secure world in which human rights are genuinely respected.[4]


Dag Hammarskjold early in his term as UN Secretary-General
  • Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in September of 1961. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after his death, the only person ever to have received it posthumously. His death occurred en-route to negotiate a cease-fire between UN forces and Katangese troops, a province in the Congo. Initial reports suggested that the crash may not have been accidental and that Dag Hammarskjold and 15 others on board had been assassinated. There were three inquiries into the circumstances of the crash. However, they were unable to determine conclusively the cause of the crash that led to the death of Hammarskjold and the others. Despite the multiple official inquiries that failed to find evidence of assassination, some continue to believe that the death of Hammarskjold was not an accident.
  • As UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold tried to smooth relations between Israel and Arab states. In 1955, he visited China to negotiate the release of 15 US pilots who had flown in the Korean war. The establishment of the United Nations Emergency Force and the intervention of the Suez Crisis occurred during his term. Dag Hammarskjold is credited with allowing the Holy See (the Vatican) to participate within the United Nations.
  • The newly independent Congo asked for UN aid in diffusing the Congo Crisis. Hammarskjold made four trips to the Congo in an effort to keep the peace. Dag Hammarskjold saw the UN as a neutral force meant to avoid human rights violations in areas of conflict. He sought to apply diplomatic solutions as opposed to military actions.[5]


  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Walk Score
  3. Street Easy
  4. Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation - Mission Statement
  5. Wikipedia - Dag Hammarskjold

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