Neighborhood: Sutton Place, Manhattan
Population: 871, with a population density of approximately 73,823 people/sq. mile *(Manhattan population density is 69,071people/sq. mile per 2010 data)
Adjacent Neighborhoods: Midtown East, Lenox Hill, Turtle Bay, Roosevelt Island
Public Transit: A trek to subways E/M (Lexington Ave/53rd St), N/Q/R (Lexington Ave/59th St.) 4/5/6 (59th Street); also served by cross-town buses, Roosevelt Island Tram Station, and the Queensboro Bridge.
What’s Here?: Blink and you may miss this tony enclave that runs along a short stretch of the East River in the Fifties. Considered to be one of the most prestigious addresses in all of Manhattan, Sutton Place offers the affluent unprecedented privacy from the hustle and bustle (and traffic) of Midtown while maintaining a ‘village’- like feel. Well-funded folks enjoy the area’s tranquil, European vibe with its locally owned shops, gourmet cheese mongers, access to two public parks, and some of the greenest and cleanest views of the East River. If you manage to make your way into one of the coveted co-ops, your neighbors may include well-heeled retirees, young families, and doctors who enjoy the convenient access to major medical centers in the Upper East Side and the Bronx. Keep an eye out for residents like architect I.M Pei, former governor Mario Cuomo, and actress Sigourney Weaver.
Flat or Tall?: Sutton Place has a limited number of grand, notoriously selective co-op apartment buildings and stunning townhouses. The imposing One Sutton Place, currently occupied by a Heinz heiress, sets the aesthetic tone for the area with its arched driveways, wrought-iron gates, and impeccably manicured gardens.
History: The former extension of “Avenue A” was bequeathed its current moniker by developer Effingham B. Sutton in 1875 and received a fashionable makeover in the 1920′s when socialites like the Vanderbilts began to build along the East River, enticing the artsy intelligentsia to join them. Development of luxurious co-op buildings quickly followed, ceased during the Great Depression, and picked up again in the 40′s and 50′s.
Activities: If you’re looking for exciting nightlife, head downtown or east. However, you can still enjoy a great meal on nearby 1st Avenue, which is now dotted with an array of restaurants including the festive favorite Rosa Mexicano and the romantic French Bistro Vendome. The fitness inclined can jog along the East River, take a furry friend to one of many dog runs, or pick up a game of tennis at the private Sutton East Tennis Club. Nothing says luxury like being able to walk home from a world-class concert at Carnegie Hall.
Check it out: Establish yourself as a major global art world player at prestigious auction house Sotheby’s, which has its headquarters nearby on York Avenue. Feeling novel? Jump on the tram to Roosevelt Island for an afternoon jaunt.