400 East 51st Street, New York City, NY
The Grand Beekman in Turtle Bay
|Architect||Costas Kondylis & Partners|
|Management Company||Douglas Elliman Property Management|
|Number of Units||89|
|Number of Floors||32|
|400 East 51st Street, New York City, NY, United States|
|Distance to Public Transit||One block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
The Grand Beekman is the a new addition to the enclave of the Beekman area in the neighborhood of Turtle Bay. Not much in the way of residential development has been added for several decades.
limestone pedestal accented with a royal blue entrance canopy. One of the retail tenants in this mixed-use building is a branch of the Chase Manhattan Bank.
The neighborhood of Turtle Bay began its existence, at least as far as the western world is concerned, in the 17th century when a parcel of land was given to two Englishmen by the then Dutch colonial governor, in 1639. The East River had spates of very bad weather and Turtle Bay became a safe haven. It soon became a site for ship-building.
As the grid system in Manhattan was developing, the land around Turtle Bay was graded as development moved in. And move in, it did. By 1868, industrial and commercial over development jammed the area with slaughterhouses, gas works, tanneries, breweries, coal yards and railroad piers.
Squalid tenements endured about 150 tons of soot-fall per square mile annually. It was quite a blight. But in 1918, Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan saw a glimmer of hope in the area. She purchased and renovated 11 brownstone row houses, faced them with lighter colored material, rearranged the interiors, developed a common garden away from the noisy street, and named the enclave Turtle Bay Gardens. She then sold the units to friends at cost and so began the gentrification of Turtle Bay.
Celebrity residents over the years have included Katharine Hepburn, Ricardo Montalban, Tyrone Power, and E.B. White, the author of the popular Charlotte's Web.
Once the slaughterhouses were cleared from the 18 acres between 42nd Street and 49th Street, work began on the United Nations buildings along the East River. This work was largely completed around 1952.
Turtle Bay has evolved into a tree lined neighborhood with somewhat quiet streets with the bulk of traffic being diverted using FDR Drive along the river bank.
Even though the Grand Beekman is some distance from the nearest subway line (two long blocks), the bus service in the immediate area is more than adequate to connect residents with the rest of Manhattan and beyond.
Attractions within walking distance of the Grand Beekman include McArthur Park, the United Nations Building, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, and Rockefeller Center. Locally, some five star meals can be had at restaurants like Lutece, Le Cirque, Lespinasse and the Four Seasons.
Designer coffees and groceries are not exactly at the doorstep, but certainly within a 5 minute walk. Over half a dozen schools are also in the area all within a 20 minute walk.
As well, the first two floors of the base, house the retail spaces and is faced entirely with limestone separated by a string course between floors two and three. The architectural style of the base differs from the tower in a couple of ways.
The base corners are sharp 90 degree angles whereas the tower corners are beveled glass panels forming bay windows up the height of one corner of the tower and from half was up on the other corner. Also, the fenestration is different giving giving the appearance of two buildings, a short one in front and a taller neighbor standing guard over it.
The apartments are spacious in this slab construction with no more than about four suites per floor. The roof of the building has several articulations giving the overall image of a sophisticated post-modern styling.
Layout and Features
There are many features at the Grand Beekman to entice and attract residents. There is a conservatory, along with The Garden Court and gardens.
Finishes within the apartments have such things as mahogany flooring, marble counter tops and lavish baths. Some of the units have Juliet balconies and yet others have private terrace space.
The fitness center is equipped with state-of-the art equipment and the onsite concierge is there to help with residents needs. There is also a play area for the children.
-  - The developer has created an informative video presentation about the features and services of the Grand Beekman. The clip can be viewed in the References section of this page, a little further down.
The Grand Beekman offers more than 40 different floor plans comprised of variations of one, two, and three bedroom plans. Some larger units may be configured to have four bedrooms, if the owners do not feel a library is necessary.
Here's a taste:
There is a pretty roster of amenities for Grand Beekman.
- Full time doorman
- Health Club
- Landscaped conservatory with fountains
- Basement Storage
- Valet service
- Mahogany floors, crown moldings
- Full service garage
- Close to the United Nations and its park
- Close to the East River
- Good crosstown bus service
- Considerable traffic
- No balconies
- No garage
- No roof deck
- Not close to subways
|Grand Beekman Bylaws|
- Pet friendly
- Rentals are permitted
- Pied-à-terre and sublets are also allowed
- No balconies so barbecues would not be practical
The building is managed by Douglas Elliman Property Management phone: (212) 350-2800.
The Grand Beekman is not designated as a "green building". Although more and more structures are being built following LEED Certification guidelines for sustainable construction practices and operations, The designers and builders of this building opted out of that aspect of the design phase.
However, modern building codes and standards assure that certain steps need to be taken by builders and suppliers that will ultimately lessen the building's impact on the environment. Newer and safer building products are used and safety codes dictate safer, more efficient electrical systems and water management.
Additionally, a New York City bylaw has been enacted requiring all citizens and visitors of New York to recycle using the comprehensive programs in place.
The Grand Beekman advertising and promotional literature describes a garden courtyard as part of the amenity list. Oddly, research was unable to disclose any images of this obviously desirable perk.
However, some other hidden "green" treasures abound in the immediate area of the building. They are described as "The Secret Gardens Of Midtown Manhattan". These green spaces are all close to the Grand Beekman, the farthest being only 15 minutes walk. Grab a book and a coffee, kick back and enjoy these images:
... and some more ...
- Wikipedia - Turtle Bay, Manhattan
- Walk Score
- City Realty - Review
- Video about Grand Beekman - Layout and Features
- Secret Gardens Of Midtown Manhattan
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