Midtown East

Posted by Wei Min Tan on October 30, 2017

Midtown East: Blue Chip Neighborhood – as published in TheStreet.com

By Wei Min Tan

NEW YORK (TheStreet ) — Manhattan, New York’s Midtown East neighborhood has some of the largest concentration of Fortune 500 offices, highest real estate prices and fanciest retail shops in the world.

The Midtown East area is bordered by Fifth Avenue on the west, East River on the east, 42nd Street on the south and 57th Street on the north. Turtle Bay, secluded Beekman Place and Sutton Place are sub-neighborhoods located in Manhattan’s Midtown East.

Combination of corporate and residential

Midtown East is the combination of corporate headquarters and residential living. Citigroup, Chase, Boston Consulting Group, Unilever, Ferrari, Mercedes, Bloomingdale’s and Saks are some of its world-famous corporate residents. In addition, Midtown East is the location of prominent addresses such as Trump Tower, The Veneto, Beekman Regent and Sutton Place.

Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building and the United Nations overlooking the East River are additional Midtown East icons. Many foreign consulates and permanent missions to the United Nations are located in Midtown East because of proximity to the United Nations. Hence be prepared to see diplomats walking around the neighborhood, usually in suits but sometimes in their traditional attires, on 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the afternoon. Being home to the UN also makes Midtown East very diverse.


High end retail on Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, perhaps the two most prestigious commercial addresses, are in Midtown East. The intersection of 5th Avenue and 57st Street is the location of the new Louis Vuitton flagship store and high end retailer Bergdorf Goodman.

Many Midtown East residents have the luxury of walking to work, to 5th Avenue for shopping or to Central Park for summer picnics.

Don’t want to be too close to corporate offices? Most residential buildings are east of 3rd Avenue. Manhattan being an island, one block can mean the difference between being smack in the middle of Corporate America’s headquarters and a quieter residential neighborhood. There are even secret gardens with waterfalls that make one forget being in midtown Manhattan. One example is the Greenacre Park on 51st Street right next to the Singapore consulate.

Midtown East has an abundance of renowned restaurants and hotels including the Four Seasons, Palace Hotel, Smith and Wollensky’s, La Grenouille, the St Regis and the Waldorf Astoria. Sensing the need for a more value priced hotel in the area, the Pod Hotel opened a few years ago on 51st Street.

Blue chip neighborhood

Midtown East is also an area that we, a New York investment property broker, recommend to clients seeking investment property in a solid neighborhood. This is because of high demand, low vacancy and good appreciation potential. A blue-chip among Manhattan neighborhoods.

Real estate prices are higher because this is an established neighborhood with no oversupply issue. At the high end, a one-bedroom apartment goes for about $2.4 million, or $3,000 per square foot, at the Trump Tower. 211 East 51, a new development residential building, is asking about $900,000, or $1,500 per square foot, for its one bedroom apartments.

Midtown East’s biggest advantages are proximity to corporate offices, 5th Avenue and restaurants. 5th Avenue is where the world comes to visit and it’s just a stroll away if one lives in Midtown East.




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Wei Min Tan is a property broker focusing on Manhattan, New York luxury condominiums and foreign buyers. He is often interviewed by the media including CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal on the subject of foreign buyers of Manhattan property.