Sutton Area

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Get to know the Sutton Area

Sutton Place and its surrounding neighborhood stretch only from 53rd to 59th, and between First Avenue and the East River, but together they include some of Manhattan’s most expensive real estate. The area’s spine is the street known as Sutton Place from 57th to 59th, and Sutton Place South from 53rd to 57th, while the riverfront is bookended by two small parks. The existence of the street reflects the fact that geography didn’t oblige completely when it came time to lay a grid over Manhattan. At those points where the island widens, York Avenue and Sutton Place were added rather than leaving large areas without a north-south thoroughfare.

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History & Culture

Sutton Place appears on the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, when it (and York Avenue, which is the same street, though going by that different name between 59th and 92nd) was designated Avenue A. It wouldn’t be until the late 19th century, however, that developers began to build here and also bestowed a more tony name: Sutton Place. Its name has appeared in cultural classics — Rodgers & Hart lyrics and Catcher in the Rye, for example — as shorthand for a brand of swanky elegance, and countless movies have used the setting to convey privileged wealth.

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Dine & Shop

Sutton Place and even the slightly larger Sutton Area don’t have restaurants and shopping scenes to speak of, given the area’s small size, but options abound that are either a short distance away. Just to the north of Sutton Place, near the entrance to the Queensboro Bridge, a number of stores including a Bed Bath & Beyond sell daily essentials. While Sutton Place itself doesn’t have much retail, its northern stretch, York Avenue does — at least once you get to the other side of the Weill Cornell Medical Center’s buildings. Beyond the immediate area, the shopping, dining, and culture of the Upper East Side and Midtown East are close at hand.

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