6.2 out of 10

Sutton Place

Ranked 32nd best neighborhood in Manhattan
40.7577065876038 -73.9615689611222
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Shopping Options
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Upscale Enclave in the Midtown East Area"

Sutton Place is perhaps the most upscale neighborhood in all of Manhattan. It covers a small area stretching only blocks from 53rd Street to 59th Street, between the East River to Second Avenue. There is a good deal of prestige that comes from having a Sutton Place Address.

Prominent residents of Sutton Place include architect I. M. Pei, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, his son-in-law designer Kenneth Cole, and actress Sigourney Weaver. Former residents include Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, C.Z. Guest, Peter Lawford & Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Lillian Gish, Aristotle Onassis, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Bill Blass, Bobby Short, Irene Hayes, Elsie de Wolfe, Joan Crawford, Raj Rajaratnam, Richard Jenrette, Marilyn Monroe and her then husband Arthur Miller. One Sutton Place (North), is an imposing townhouse built as a home for Anne Harriman Vanderbilt, widow of William K. Vanderbilt. The house is now owned by an heiress to the Heinz Fod Company. Next door is the five-story town home of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (U.N.) that was build in the early 1920s for Ann Morgan daughter of the financial titan, J.P. Morgan and donated to the U.N. in the early 1970s.

Sutton Place has two public parks overlooking the East River, one at the end of 57th Street and the other at the end of 53rd Street. The park on 57th Street is surrounded by an iron fence from the elegant grounds of One Sutton Place South, a neo-Georgian style apartment building, which is one of the most famous apartment buildings in the world, designed by famous architect Rosario Candela.

For a bit of popular culture, Sutton Place at East 53rd Street is the famous Dead End that began the movie careers of the Dead End Kids. Sutton Place is also mentioned in the J.D. Salinger novel, Catcher in the Rye, and was featured in the 1953 film How to Marry a Millionaire starring Marilyn Monroe. The characters in several of Mary Higgins Clark's novels occasionally dine at Neary's a genuine Irish bar and restaurant located on East 57th Street off Sutton Place South. Many celebrities have also called Sutton Place home, including Michael Jackson, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Crawford, and Marilyn Monroe.

Finding an apartment here is the proverbial needle ina haystack and residents seldom leave once they are ensconced.Prepare to pay a very high price as well with apartments selling in high six or seven figures most common. Even if you can afford an apartment, the coop boards in the area are not generally very welcoming to outsiders (including celebrities). If these prices cause a nose bleed, a viable alternative is to search a bit farther uptown or downtown (e.g. Turtle Bay, the neighboring area) where rental and sales prices are somewhat less expensive.

Sutton place is a beautiful area to walk as it boasts beautiful buildings combined with little traffic; indeed parking is prohibited on most streets between first avenue and the water. The streets are patrolled so don't try.

The area is primarily residential so there are hardly any restaurants or bars so that you will need to travel a bit west and either north or south for any sort of nightlife. However, if you value a quiet and tranquil home life, this very feature will make this area a highly attractive place to live. This is why is attracts families with children. There are also a good number of elderly residents in the neighborhood.

Nearest transportation would be the 4, 5, or 6 train on 59th & Lexington Avenue or the M15 bus running northward on First Avenue and south on Second. Of course, should you live here, public transportation is the least of your worries as your driver is likely waiting at the curb.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Quiet
  • Luxurious
  • Gorgeous
  • luxury and beauty all around
  • Tranquil
Cons
  • Very very expensive
  • Stuffy
  • Not much nightlife
  • One of the most expensive areas in Manhattan
  • The neighborhood doesnt have any good schools
  • Very snooty co-op boards rule most of the buildings and don't let outsiders in easily
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Lovely, but dull"

One of the most exclusive areas in New York City, Sutton Place is a gem in what could perhaps be considered the rough of the East East Side. While much of the area is drab and residential, Sutton Place is unremittingly gorgeous, with pre-war town houses, some of which look out onto the East River which, although perhaps less scenic than its western counterpart, is nevertheless striking at sunrise. The residents of Sutton Place are no less storied than the buildings: notable denizens include actress Sigourney Weaver, designer Kenneth Cole, and architect I.M. Pei. But of course all this comes at a price: Sutton Place is expensive, and often exclusive.

Other concerns are more practical. While Sutton Place is certainly a lovely enclave, it's not convenient: the surrounding area has some grocery stores, delis, and other necessities, one needs to be willing to take a bit of a walk to get to any other staples of city life: cinemas, many restaurants, theatres, or even cocktail bars. Furthermore, the area can be dull - the exterior and interiors of the houses, though stunning, aren't exactly entertaining day after day. Yet it's certainly charming - especially for families with kids for whom nightlife and fun aren't primary concerns.
Pros
  • Gorgeous
  • Tranquil
  • Luxurious
Cons
  • Hard to get to by public transportation (but to live here, you'd probably have a car and driver)
  • Not much nightlife
  • One of the most expensive areas in Manhattan
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"London-like"

Sutton Place which is located between the East River and Second Avenue from 52nd Street to 59th Street can be described as New York City’s little piece of London as the area is peppered with stucco pre-war co-ops and townhouses which are reminiscent of the tony area of Belgravia in London. Sutton Place has some of the most sought after addresses in New York City and the co-op boards of the luxurious and expensive pre-war buildings that dominate its real estate scene are notorious for being extremely picky about who they let in.
Most of these buildings located within Sutton place are equipped with amenities like round the clock doormen, well manicured lawns, roof top decks and gyms as the area has historically been associated with New York City's old money set. Accordingly the area is also equipped with two public parks, a dog run and the Sutton East and Town Tennis clubs. Sutton Place is o well served by two New York City bus routes namely the M31 and the M57 bus routes but the nearest subway is located a few blocks away on Lexington Avenue.
As far as shopping and dining is concerned Sutton Place is located within walking distance of many upscale shopping destinations that lie along 57th Street and Fifth Avenue and 59th Street and Lexington Avenue and numerous restaurants like Fusha, Rosa Mexicana, Aja and Jubilee which are located along First and Second avenues. However this area which is thought to the preferred abode of mature New Yorkers does not hold much appeal for young families for it lacks good schooling options.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Quiet
  • Gorgeous
  • Luxurious
  • luxury and beauty all around
  • Tranquil
Cons
  • Very snooty co-op boards rule most of the buildings and don't let outsiders in easily
  • An eldery population dominates the neighborhood
  • The neighborhood doesnt have any good schools
  • Stuffy
  • Very very expensive
  • Hard to get to by public transportation (but to live here, you'd probably have a car and driver)
  • Not much nightlife
  • One of the most expensive areas in Manhattan
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Perfect place to be rich"

It must be great to have so much money that you get to literally buy your own quiet corner in dense and crazy, perennially congested and noisy Manhattan. That's essentially what the elite wealthy residents of Sutton Place get to do. This gorgeous little enclave at the mouth of the Queensboro Bridge is home to some amazing luxury townhouses and to some stratospheric price tags. Amenities like roof-top decks and doormen and fastidious maintenance are typical and to be expected. Michael Jackson used to have a house here, as did the old-money leaders of the Morgan and the Vanderbilt families. Marily Monroe also lived here at one time, along with her equally famous husband at the time, Henry Miller.This tiny area converges in a cul-de-sac that discourages heavy traffic and encourages a quiet, neighborhood feel. So, as a resident, you are absolutely guaranteed that nothing at all will happen on your street, and meanwhile the bustle of the rest of Manhattan is only a block or two away. In addition, the residents get to enjoy river views that most normal people only dream about. Two small public parks that cantilever out over the FDR Drive help make this place truly idyllic.
Pros
  • luxury and beauty all around
  • Beautiful
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Stuffy
  • Very very expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Exquisite street"

Sutton Place is one of the most expensive and beautiful streets to live on in the city. It's a street that has actual houses. Some are townhouses and rowhouses like other parts of New York, of course, but there are still sprawling mansions on this street which is incredibly rare in Manhattan. The street doesn't have quite the celebrity reknown that it once had; but, it's still only the elite of elite that live on this street.
Most of the homes on this street were built in the late 19th century. There are some incredible accents on the exterior of these homes like the very detailed Medusa over the door of one of the townhouses at 58th and Sutton. 3 Sutton Place was built by JP Morgan for his daughter at the beginning of the 20th century. It has since been donated and is the designated residence for the UN Secretary General. The Vanderbilt Mansion is directly next door.
The corner of 57 and Sutton is the building that housed a lot of famous writers -- William Saroyan lived here. Across the street is an apartment building that is considered the cream of the crop of all Manhattan apartment living. Sigourney Weaver, Bill Blass and a bunch of millionaires have all resided in this incredibly opulent building.
Marilyn Monroe lived on Sutton Place as well as a slew of really notable writers. There aren't any restuarants or bars on this street. It is incredibly residential. It actually somewhat resembles a suburban street (or as much as one can in New York). It's breathtaking if a somewhat sleepy and I think everyone should walk down it at least once. But, it's not really all that exciting so as far as living, it's definitely a family / retiree kind of neighborhood . . . if you're incredibly weatlhy.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Quiet
  • Gorgeous
  • Luxurious
  • luxury and beauty all around
Cons
  • Very very expensive
  • Stuffy
  • Hard to get to by public transportation (but to live here, you'd probably have a car and driver)
  • Not much nightlife
  • One of the most expensive areas in Manhattan
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Sutton Place: Sneeze and You May Pass it Without Knowing It"

I had to look up what area this is and I am a New Yorker! It ranges from 53rd to 59th Street on the East Side. Oh, NOW, I know which area they are talking about. This is over by the Queensborough Bridge. I wouldn't necessarily brag about living here because who wants to live near that bridge. But I suppose it's GOT to be the bomb if they say so. This area to my recollection is not all that wonderful but I guess if the prices say it is then you just go along with it. I have seen a few cute shops over this way, one that features miniature dogs which were incredibly cute which I am sure are super popular among this Sutton Place dwellers. The area itself is exclusive so it's generally well maintained and not a place that most people visit. Like I said, I didn't even know it existed.

However, I do know there are lovely restaurants on this side of town, quaint lounges, fabulous shops for those who need another blouse, another pair of shoes, another pair of sunglasses. But for the most part, it's not an area that says WOW to me. Maybe I'm crazy. Or maybe I just have great taste. :-)
Pros
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Near the bridge, traffic traffic traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
HaileyD
HaileyD What area does say WOW to you? And as a New Yorker, what would you say is the safest place to live in for a family with three kids?
Aug 21, 2016
michelley1
michelley1 If you're totally family-oriented then I would say Battery Park City
Nov 01, 2016
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Lifestyles of The Rich And The Famous"

Sutton Place is a small residential neighborhood right by the Queensboro Bridge. The area is best known as one of the most upscale in the city and its residents include actors, actresses, architects, designers, former Governors, and just the generally well-to-do folks of the city.

If you are considering moving here, way to go. Congrats on your six-year deal with the Knicks, platinum album, or what-have-you. Real estate in this area, mostly townhouses with a few mansions, go for quite a bit of cash, as you can imagine. If you do get to live here, you are in luck. Not just because you can already afford a place here but because it is undoubtedly gorgeous inside and out with spectacular views of the East River and the bridge, you are within a few blocks of Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, and a short ride away from everything else. The area is clean, secure, and beautiful.

Visitors can go for a stroll through the neighborhood and pick out their future home but there is not much going on around the neighborhood. Which is just as well since EVERYTHING is going on just a few minutes away in Midtown. Nice places if you can get 'em, still good to look at and mutter under your breath when you can't.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Quiet
  • Luxurious
Cons
  • Very very expensive
  • Stuffy
  • Not much nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Posh and prohibitively expensive"

Sutton Place is a small midtown/Upper East Side neighborhood that stretches only a matter of a few blocks from 53rd to 59th Streets in the far eastern portion of the east side from about Second Avenue to the East River. It has long been known as a very upscale, posh area. If you have a Sutton Place address, there's a certain amount of prestige that goes along with it. Michael Jackson once had a place in this neighborhood, and one of the buildings was built by the Vanderbilts. It has been featured in books and movies for many years, so it has been a symbol of wealth for decades. You'll read about it in "Catcher in the Rye" and hear about it in the movie from the 50s with Marilyn Monroe, "How to Marry a Millionaire." In fact, Marilyn lived in this neighborhood back in the day. It's also used as a symbol of having "made it" in the original "Wall Street" movie. Today, actors, socialites, and designers live here.

Finding an apartment in this area isn't easy. People don't let them go frequently and move elsewhere, and if you do find a place, you can expect to pay plenty. You might be able to find a more affordable place not far from Sutton Place, so you can pretend you actually live there. If you're a tourist, though, it's fun to walk around the neighborhood. It's quite pretty, residential, and located fairly near a lot of other areas you'll be visiting.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Quiet
  • Luxurious
Cons
  • Very very expensive
  • Stuffy
  • Hard to get to by public transportation (but to live here, you'd probably have a car and driver)
  • Not much nightlife
  • An eldery population dominates the neighborhood
  • Very snooty co-op boards rule most of the buildings and don't let outsiders in easily
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"If I were a rich man..."

If you're looking to buy in this area, congrats. You must be rich. You'll likely live in a huge townhouse that's beautiful inside and out. You'll have a ton of awesome neighbors like Kenneth Cole, and actress Sigourney Weaver. Your former neighbors include Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, and Marilyn Monroe.

Congrats, again.

You won't be near many subway trains, but few who live in Sutton Place take public transportation. Your driver can take you wherever you need to. You're also not near many shopping places, but if you live here you'll likely already have everything you need or a staff that does your shopping for you.

If you don't have tons of money, a personal staff, and 24-hour driver on hand....you may want to live somewhere else, as you may feel a little out of place.

I say this half kidding, but only half. It's an expensive area and the quality of life that can be experienced here can only be achieved by those that can foot the bill. It's go big or go home here...just remember there are a lot of other great places to live where you can feel rich without having to actually BE rich. This is not one of them.

Tourists can check it out, but the best views are on the inside of these buildings...not the outside.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Quiet
  • Gorgeous
Cons
  • Very very expensive
  • One of the most expensive areas in Manhattan
Recommended for
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"At Least the Views are Free"

It’s all about the scenery on Sutton Place. Which is a good thing, since scenery is the only thing here that’s free, compared to the astronomically priced real estate only afforded by the most powerful, most famous and most financially endowed. Sutton Place isn’t a neighborhood you’ll add to your list of places to frequent – you won’t be able to spend Saturdays every now and then window shopping, there won’t be a strip of bars you’ll consider a go-to option when nothing else is going on on a Friday night. But for one Saturday (or whatever day you choose), it’s definitely worth the visit. Take your time strolling as you ogle the massive, prestigious buildings – and keep your eyes peeled for New York heavyweights that live here, like Stephen Sondheim. Pay special attention to the beautiful architecture. When you tire of buildings, you can check out one of Sutton Place’s parks, situated near the FDR for views of the river and Roosevelt Island. Often-empty sidewalks and park benches allow you the time to truly soak in this illustrious setting, and to get a taste of how “the other half” lives in Manhattan.

There’s not much to do here, unless you venture just a few blocks south to sights like the United Nations. Basically, Sutton Place is tucked away for those who want to live in Manhattan without having to mingle with Manhattan – until their town cars and whisk them away to fabulous restaurants and nightlife downtown or uptown. The magic of Sutton Place is the fact that it doesn’t look like the rest of the city, with European architecture, a hint of green and the kind of money that comes with inheritance – wealth, real estate and staffs of servants passed down through the generations. Think of it as Gatsby’s New York.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Quiet
  • Gorgeous
  • Luxurious
Cons
  • Stuffy
  • Very very expensive
  • Hard to get to by public transportation (but to live here, you'd probably have a car and driver)
  • Not much nightlife
  • The neighborhood doesnt have any good schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Elegant enclave"

Along with Beekmen Place, Sutton Place makes up one of the most affluent areas in New York City. These two cul de sacs make up one of the city's quietest areas, with a line of elegant townhouses shrouded by leafy trees, overlooking the parks that, while technically public, can sometimes seem to fashion as a private backyard for the area's residents. This place has a long and storied history as a playground for the rich and intentionally-out-of-the-papers, back in the days of Edith Wharton: Anne Harriman Vanderbilt lived here, as did Anne Morgan of J.P. fame. Today, the area retains its traditional charm, as well as its high-priced connotations. Unfortunately, there's little to do on these streets other than wander with sparkling effortlessness - to nearby East side avenues are not quit so charming, but they do offer basic necessities such as groceres, restaurants, etc. A bit further south, in the Kips Bay/UN area, the mood becomes more lively, as diplomats overtake socialites, an restaurants like the panoramic Beekman Hotel offer even the most staid inhabitants of Sutton Place something with which to fill their time.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
2yrs+

"Lovely chunk of platinum"

I mean, what can you even say about this tiny chunk of Manhattan?

If you could afford to live here, you probably wouldn’t be reading this review. You would be on a yacht somewhere off the Seychelles sipping champagne and eating Pop Rocks (well…I would because Pop Rocks are delicious). If you are reading this review, you are probably reading as someone who is considering visiting Sutton Place. As I have done.

It’s a nice neighborhood, very clean of course, with doormen peering at you suspiciously from behind wrought iron gates taller than a giraffe. Unless you are thinking of going to one of the no doubt fabulous restaurants, there is little to do in Sutton Place. I’ll warn you, though, that the restaurants are significantly more expensive than Pop Rocks.

But, if you’re anything like me, than you might just go to enjoy the little parks. And if, like me, you get really lucky, you can steel wireless Internet from one of the nearby residences. I don’t really know for sure which building Stephen Sondheim lives in, but I like to think that I used his wireless to look up the number for Domino’s pizza. The parks are actually very nice, propped on top of FDR, which afford fairly nice views of Roosevelt Island. They are kind of hard to get to, which might be why they are so empty. It’s a nice place to stop for a bit of quiet, but doesn’t have much in the way of excitement.
tahreemjaved
tahreemjaved Could you tell me which street has the best view and is accessible to the public ?
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Home of the Rich and Famous"

You may not remember this, but many celebrities lived on this block, especially at 440 Sudden Place. Sudden Place actually covers 55th, 56th, and 57th St, along with Sutton Place. I remember visiting a friend on 55th St. and she told me about how she met Frank Sinatra coming out of the building one day.

The entire area of Sudden has an alluring quality to it. It is charming in its own way. It may not be a paradise, like with parks, but the buildings do have attractive architecture. And there is a bit of history as well.

Go there some time and you may still run into a celebrity or two.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Gorgeous
  • Luxurious
  • luxury and beauty all around
Cons
  • Very very expensive
  • Stuffy
  • Hard to get to by public transportation (but to live here, you'd probably have a car and driver)
  • Not much nightlife
  • One of the most expensive areas in Manhattan
  • The neighborhood doesnt have any good schools
  • An eldery population dominates the neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Tiny Neighborhood - Giant price tag"

Sutton Place is actually only two streets by two streets on the eastern - southern part of the Upper East Side. The opulence of it has bled a little into the surrounding area making it hard to tell just when the neighborhood ends, though. It is probably the most exclusive and posh neighborhood in all of Manhattan. The beginning of the 20th century marked a lot of incredibly wealthy people building enormous brownstones and townhouses in this neighborhood on the water. The Depression halted further growth but then building in the same grandiose vein picked back up in the 40's and 50's finishing off the neighborhood. Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller lived in South Sutton Place when they were married.
The neighborhood is immaculate, beautiful, green and reeks of money. Not even just New York money. It's the kind of money where there are live-in servants and ballrooms. It's a beautiful area to walk around in, but you feel like a bit of an intruder when you see all of the gates open and town cars roll up to let the nannies out. It's quite surreal. It, actually, doesn't even really look like it's part of Manhattan. A lot of people call it Little London because of the old-world architecture to the buildings and the lush green lawns.
It's such a beautiful place, if not a little scary; but, it's definitely boring. There's really not anything to do in this neck of the woods, so unless you have a chef and a personal bar (which they all do), it's not a place to live.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Very very expensive
  • Stuffy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"World's most expensive cocktail"

The area between 53rd Street and 60th Street (meeting up with the Queensboro Bridge) on the far East side of Manhattan is Sutton Place, a high end neighborhood of luxury condos, brownstones, and high rises. The relatively reasonably priced deals can be found on 1st and 2nd Avenues. By contrast, the prices and exclusivity on Sutton Place proper are both of the highest order, and all the detailing of old world, old money luxury are there: prestigious residents, luxury amenities, two parks overlooking the amazing river views, a quiet, tree-lined atmosphere in the middle of hectic Manhattan. You can get old world French cooking at Le Perigord or grab a stylish lunch at Gustavino's. You can throw around the names of various prestigious, brand name residents, including Steven Sondheim, IM Pei, and Sigourney Weaver. You can simply stroll around in the parks, which are build right over the FDR Highway and offer quiet, incredible views of the East River. For evening's entertainment, you can head over to the World Bar, which is located inside the United Nations Plaza Trump Tower, where you can enjoy the World's Most Expensive Cocktail, and admire Donald trump's idea of style. You get the point, right?
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Old-Money Elite Lives Here"

Sutton Place is the neighborhood for the “old-money” elite. It is home to ultra-conservative residents and Trump World Tower.

Great restaurants populate the area; from old-world French cooking at Le Perigord to food perfection at Guastavino’s, this neighborhood has it all. Shop at Bloomingdale’s along Third Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue, or Argosy Book Store; and for nightlife, be sure to check out Villard Bar and Lounge (a great place for secret business meetings – at least we think that’s what’s going on).

There are few schools in the area, and the subway is quite a hike, thus not a great place to raise your kids. The neighborhood seems to be geared toward the empty nesters with large pocketbooks and offshore savings accounts.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful place, not much for nightlife"

This neighborhood is pretty close to the FDR, so expect to hear traffic buzzing along just about all of the time if you move in to an apartment above sea level. However, it’s a pretty lovely neighborhood if you can shell out the cash for it. The neighborhood also features all the comforts of Midtown, but it’s far enough from the tourists that you won’t feel like crying yourself to sleep at night. This neighborhood is where Marilyn Monroe lived with husband du jour Author Miller, and it resembles what you would expect from a place that has been graced with such old Hollywood glamour – richly tree-lined streets and fancy townhouses galore.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sutton Place is a beautiful and affluent neighborhood in Manhattan"

Noted as one of the most scenic and exclusive neighborhoods in the city and named for shipping giant Effington B. Sutton who settled here in the mid-nineteenth century, Sutton is wonderful place for the more established residents of the city to call home and a wonderful place to visit.

One of the more notable aspects of this beautiful neighborhood are the large and decadent brownstones, erected in the mid 19th century. These homes are both elegant and desired, as brownstones are the trademark dwelling of New Yorkers. With a distinctive history and fantastic array of people and celebrities residing in the blocks between 53rd and 57th Street on the Upper East Side, Sutton Place is a fantastic treasure.

Though rental properties in the city tend to range anywhere from $800-$3000 or more in this illustrious neighborhood, buying might be more of a challenge, as many units sell for no less than $500,000-$600,000.

Entertainment in Sutton and the surrounding neighborhood is renown for its decadence and elegance. Citing mainly upscale boutiques featuring haute couture fashions and five-star avant-garde restaurants and bistros, Sutton’s entertainment suits the residents of the neighborhood perfectly. Sutton is a beautiful neighborhood, filled with parks and running trails.

Situated along the East River, this is a wonderful detour from the sometime over-saturated running trails of the Central Park area. Transportation in this neighborhood is superb, with the 6 train running along Lexington Avenue and the E and V trains running along East 53rd Street. You can also find several buses throughout the neighborhood, and yellow taxis are plentiful. This fantastic neighborhood is a staple in the city and in the national consciousness of what New York City living is like.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Stogy yet rarified"

it is hard to believe that a street in Midtown can be this quiet but it does exist, for quite a hefty price I might add. The residences are some of the largest and most exclusive in the city. Coming for a visit and want a real NY expirience there is a guy on Sutton Pl that has turned two town houses into short term furnished rentals, he is quite bizarre but the apartments are quaint and you can claim to have lived on one of the most exclusive blocks in NY.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Sutton Place

1

East 59 St

3.5/5
"Great inner city living or visiting!"
40.7592402653319 -73.9610789893821
2

East 57th St

3/5
"The Big Time"
40.7579610132138 -73.9620944836368
3

1 Ave

3/5
"Nice for an avenue but still an avenue"
40.7585319401988 -73.9627600961371

Unranked Streets in Sutton Place

East 54 St

2.5/5
"Lovely apartments but it's just apartments"
40.756093900794 -73.9636376046453

East 55 St

1.5/5
"Pretty boring street"
40.7565345887297 -73.9627466186649

East 56 St

2.5/5
"Great history but little present"
40.7571528193661 -73.962261176762
"Fancy Pants"
40.7584066444746 -73.9610654694823
"The uptown bridge"
40.7585625000417 -73.9583039999502
"Private, secluded and very elite"
40.7580725001905 -73.9592800010202

Sutton Pl

3.5/5
"Beautiful homes in a posh neighborhood"
40.7582777845185 -73.960003715009

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