Living in the Beekman Place neighborhood of Manhattan


New York City's Beekman Place, covers just two blocks in Manhattan. The area runs south to north, from just above 49th Street (Mitchell Place) to 51st Street, on the eastern edge of Manhattan. By encompassing Mitchell Place and 51st street, this neighborhood, makes a beautiful, highly exclusive, two-block enclave. This small neigborhood is located adjacent to the United Nations, just north of its headquarters.

 

The vast majority of the buildings in Beekman Place are co-ops. In addition, apartments in this area are highly desirable, which means co-ops do not get put into the market very often. When purchasing a Beekman co-op you should always be prepared to go after a unit quickly whereas listings do not tend to last very long

 

Beekman Place affords are often famous and always well-heeled residents. They enjoy the area’s great deal of privacy and safety. Among its more well-known denizens over the years, John D. Rockefeller III, Jane Pauley and husband Gary Trudeau, and Gloria Vanderbilt, all enjoyed Beekman Place because of its enclosed cul-de-sac nature, as well as, the private security firms that patrol the area.

 

Another desirable attribute of the neighborhood is also how extremely accessible it is to Midtown East. It's an easy walk (or short cab ride) to the world-class shopping, dining and entertainment options of the area. Not to mention some unparalleled views out over the East River.

 

One of the more famous spots known for its East River view happens to be very popular amongst residents of the area. Peter Detmold Park, is known both for its relaxing atmosphere as well as it frequently used dog run by pet loving tenants in the area.

 

Like many NYC neighborhoods, Beekman Place has gone through decline and revival.  Originally the area was the site of the Beekman family mansion. For a time during the Revolutionary War, the British made their headquarters in the house. Nathan Hale was tried and convicted as a spy in the mansion's greenhouse. After the war, George Washington was a frequent visitor.

 

As the city expanded, the farms, fields, and manors located in what we know today as midtown slowly disappeared. The slums of the Lower East Side began to creep north. Low-paid workers in the coal factories that lined the East River overwhelmed the area with a need for inexpensive housing.

 

In the 1920's, the large, prestigious co-op buildings you see today began to replace the low-rise slums that had existed (gentrification is not a new phenomena), backed by residents of another small, exclusive enclave located nearby, Sutton Place. Since then, the neighborhood has been one of the most exclusive in Manhattan.


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