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Today's Featured Building: 860 United Nations Plaza


When the United Nations Headquarters was completed in 1952, this organization brought with it a sense of prestige to the neighborhood of Turtle Bay, a neighborhood once known for its decaying industrial buildings and crumbling tenement residences. This all changed with the arrival of the United Nations, and today Turtle Bay is home to numerous luxury condominiums, including Trump World Tower, Dag Hammarskjold Tower, the Alexander, and 100 United Nations Plaza. Predating all of those buildings is the twin towered structure located at 860 United Nations Plaza.

Built in the 1960s, this complex was one of the first buildings in New York City to have floor to ceiling windows, a design that was highly revolutionary at the time, and the luxurious apartments attracted many prestigious and famous residents, including Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Johnny Carson, Truman Capote, and Walter Cronkite.

The first major development on the East Side to employ the two tower design since the heyday of Central Park West, 860 United Nations Plaza also has the address of 870 United Nations Plaza, although the 860 is the more commonly cited address. The complex as a whole is also known colloquially as the U.N. Plaza Apartments.[1]


The United Nations Complex
Found across the street from the northern edge of the United Nations Headquarters complex, 860 United Nations Plaza finds itself in the neighborhood of Turtle Bay in Midtown, Manhattan. Named after the Turtle Bay Farm that sat on the land in the 17th century, the area was eventually subdivided into residential developments as a result of the implementation of Manhattan’s street grid pattern.


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