5.3 out of 10

3 Ave, Turtle Bay

Ranked 5th best street in Turtle Bay
40.7539305107927 -73.97214368082
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Neighborly Spirit
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Sleepy in pretty much every way"

The corner of 5th Ave and 51st houses the famous St. Patrick's Cathedral. I talked about it in the 50th street review, but it really is a gorgeous building. It's always pretty crowded, but worth going inside because it is so opulent. Directly across the street is Olympic Tower. There's nothing to write home about in regards to the aesthetic of the building but Aristotle Onassis financed it and Jackie Kennedy used to live here. It's a very posh building but it doesn't have the clout that it once did.
The corner of 51st and Madison marks the Villard Houses. It's a cluster of brownstones that are now part of the entrance of a hotel owned by the sultan of Brunei. These are gorgeous pieces of architecture which serve as a reminder of how ugly and boring buildings like the Olympic Tower actually are.
The corner of Third Ave and 51st houses the Girl Scout Building. Whenever I see it, I want to walk into it and ask the first employee I see why they can't just sell the damn cookies all year long. Are they trying to not have any money? It's so bizarre to me. There's a cute little park across Third Ave that was designated by the Rockefeller family. It's a good thing, too, because this part of town is very commercial looking. There just aren't a lot of trees so it would be really hard to have a dog if you lived in this part of town (it's hard everywhere but especially so here).
The area is really boring as far as sights, restaurants and bars. But, weirdly, the block between 1st and 2nd houses a lot of notorious deaths. A construction crane fell killing seven people and damaging a lot of buildings in 2008. And, directly next door to the sight of that accident is a rowhouse wherein an heiress was killed by her husband in 1948. The murder was, apparently, grotesque and the husband tried to use the alibi of having a homosexual encounter at the time of her death. It didn't work. I wouldn't want to be walking this block late at night is all I'm saying.
The area east of 1st Ave is incredibly wealthy and really pretty but very sleepy. There's just really not much to do in this part of town but look at architecture. And, it's a good thing most people in this part of town have cars because the public transportation element of East 51st isn't ideal.
Pros
  • Central location
Cons
  • Sleepy
  • Dead at night
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Tons of History and beautiful architecture"

East 50th starts off pretty strong as far as things to see. Right at the corner of 50th and 5th Ave, you have St. Patricks Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue staring at each other. St Pat's Cathedral is really spectacular. It's one of the most beautiful Cathedrals I've seen in America. It's very old and very famous -- and, every now and then the Pope will come into town to do a Mass. Saks Fifth Avenue represents the exact same thing to me in a totally different way: opulence, history, and 5th Ave.
There is an incredible building on the corner of 50th and Madison called the Villard Houses. It was a string of mansions built at the end of the 19th Century. There are six gorgeous brownstones all connected by a fountain to look like a Palazzo. They are now the entrance to a hotel but at least the buildings were saved. They are breathtaking.
Directly across Park Avenue are yet two more NY Landmarks: The Waldorf Astoria Hotel and St. Bart's Church. The Waldorf is one of the most famous hotels in the world. It was built in 1930 by the Astors and the first guest they served was the King of Siam. Grace Kelley, Marilyn Monroe, and every single President since FDR have stayed at this hotel. My parents used to stay here when they visited but picked a new hotel because while the ground floor is spectacular, the rooms are little bigger than a college dorm. You can't not visit the Waldorf, though. You are instantly transported to old school glamour the minute you step inside.
50th east of 2nd Avenue is a gorgeous neighborhood of the super elite. There are unbelievable townhouses and mansions and the area almost feels like a real neighborhood. It's incredibly stuffy but really beautiful. It's one of the most expensive areas in all of Manhattan -- and, that's saying a lot considering that Manhattan is the most expensive town in the world.
Pros
  • Stunning Buildings
  • Landmarks
Cons
  • Expensive beyond belief
  • Dead at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish

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