Living in Beekman: A Real Estate and Lifestyle Guide to Beekman, New York

Beekman, New York City—Elegant, Exclusive Enclave on the East River

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Beekman’s exclusive location and historic architecture have made it a magnet for high-end buyers looking for a tranquil escape close to, but far enough away from, Midtown Manhattan. The United Nations Headquarters, just a few blocks away, adds to the allure as do the elegant homes—whose past residents included Irving Berlin and Henry Kissinger—ivy-covered townhouses and prewar and modern condominiums that offer spectacular, unobstructed views of the East River and the New York City skyline.

Where is Beekman located in NYC?

Beekman is a small enclave, part of the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Upper East Side in the borough of Manhattan.

  • East to West Boundaries: FDR Drive to 1st Avenue
  • North to South Boundaries: 51st Street to 49th Street
  • Subway: 6, E, V
  • Ticket out of the City: The FDR Drive, north- and southbound; The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

What to Do in Beekman?

Beekman offers immediate access to the East River Promenade and the riverside Peter Detmold Park, which resembles a hidden, secret garden that is accessible by a shrouded brownstone staircase. The neighborhood is unique, blending Old World grandeur with a cosmopolitan character, because of its proximity to the United Nations Headquarters. The area is exclusively residential, with very little outside foot or car traffic. Shops and amenities are located farther to the east, mainly on 57th Street or on 1st Avenue.

The area has a number of art institutions, including the American Federation of Arts and the Japan Society, which houses a museum and theater, showcasing Japanese art and cultural exhibits throughout the year, as well as art galleries, such as Leonard Hutton Galleries and Diana Hobson Fine Art. Beekman has attracted a who’s who of famous residents over the years: former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, composer Irving Berlin, surrealist painter Max Ernst, and actresses Ethel Barrymore, Greta Garbo, and Uma Thurman.

What to See in Beekman?

This tiny enclave claims some of the neighborhood’s most sought-after prewar apartment buildings, among them the River House, a magnificent 1930s Art Deco building on the East River. Entered through a gated and cobblestoned Palazzo courtyard, the 26-story tower, one of the most coveted addresses in New York City, houses the ultra-exclusive River Club and its swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, garden, gym, and restaurant. Other notable buildings include the circa-1929 One Beekman Place, the former residence of the British consul general. Several UN missions and consulates are located in the neighborhood.

Where to Eat in Beekman?

Just east of Beekman are noteworthy restaurants. Among them are Ethos Gallery, Jubilee, UN Plaza Grill, and the intimate La Villetta, situated in a beautiful converted carriage house. An eclectic blend of international restaurants, ranging from Mexican taquerias to Vietnamese pho shops, are a short walk away on First Avenue, plus elegant cocktail bars and lounges, such as Sutton Place and Beekman Bar and Books, a smoke-free former cigar bar that offers live music in a sophisticated setting. Further west, on 55th Street, is the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Aquavit.

What Schools are in Beekman?

Beekman and its environs have several top-ranked independent high schools, including The Beekman School; Cathedral High School, an all-girls catholic school; and Saint Albans, a coeducational theological school. Other noteworthy institutions include the Montessori Family School and the Art and Design High School.

How Many People Live in Beekman?

Population: 16,000

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