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Living in Sutton Area

The neighborhood of Sutton in Midtown Manhattan might be small by area standards, but the tranquil New York City enclave has enticing real estate options, under-the-radar restaurants and a charming park with views of the Queensboro Bridge. Bracketed by the East River and bustling 1st Avenue, Sutton Area, often referred to as Sutton Place, offers residents a prime location to enjoy all of Manhattan while benefiting from a residential ambience close to home.

Sutton Area real estate

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Sutton Area real estate choices vary from single-family townhouses to towering pre-war co-ops. These elegant townhouses, often in the Neo-Georgian architectural style, are harder to find on the market, but offer spacious square footage rarely seen in private Manhattan homes.

Co-ops, ranging from studios to five-bedrooms, often include doorman services and feature amenities like fitness centers and rooftop decks. Corner properties grant residents panoramic views of the river and cityscape.  

Sutton Area history

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The story of Sutton Area began in 1875 when Effingham B. Sutton, an entrepreneur with riches from the California Gold Rush, began building brownstones on 57th and 58th Streets to establish an enticing residential community. When his plans stalled in the late 1800s, the famous duo William K. Vanderbilt and J.P. Morgan took up Sutton's vision, transforming the area into a wealthy neighborhood during the 1920s.

Many residents lost direct access to the East River with the construction of Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive in the 1930s, but they were soon compensated by the city with private backyards in return. These, along with a collection of parks built around the same time known as Sutton Parks or the “Five Parks”, are synonymous with Sutton Area and its serene atmosphere—giving residents numerous locales from which to enjoy waterfront views.

Sutton Area restaurants

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Sutton Area residents frequent Four Cuts steakhouse for upscale cocktails and dry-aged steak dishes. With rows of bookshelves, exposed brick walls and funky interior columns adorned in greenery, the boutique setting is perfect for a classy night out. It also hosts private events to gather the community together.

For a more casual atmosphere and authentic Irish cuisine, Neary's serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch with local favorites like the Dublin Broil and calf's liver. The restaurant's expansive wooden bar, low ceilings and dim lighting also make it a great atmosphere for late nights, while pictures of local legends on the walls keep a watchful eye on patrons.

Local pizza hot-spot Bella Roma draws rave reviews for its one-of-a-kind specialty pies like fresh calamari and baked ziti. The unassuming restaurant has convenient online ordering with plenty of appetizers, as well as diverse Italian dishes for alternatives to its pizzas.

Sutton Area attractions

Sutton Place Park represents the most notable attraction in the neighborhood and lures locals thanks to its prime views of the East River and Queensboro Bridge. Sutton's residential atmosphere keeps the park tranquil throughout the day; highlights include rotating fitness classes, quirky bronze statues and ornate, wrought-iron benches perfect for meeting new neighbors and taking in the city.

Riverview Terrace, a private street in Manhattan, affords visitors a glimpse of historic and rare exclusivity in Manhattan along the East River. Developed in the mid-1800s, the block of 24 brownstones is guarded by a Georgian-style entrance and motorized gate to keep visitors from trespassing, but great views of the iconic building's paint-chipped facades remain for pedestrians.

Sutton Area shopping

Limited shopping options in Sutton Area help give the neighborhood part of its peaceful charm, but locals appreciate T.J. Maxx for easy access to the latest fashion trends, home goods and gift ideas. The famous department store chain sits under the Queensboro Bridge and offers delivery services.

You'll find more upscale decor at Art Assets; the specialized establishment helps companies and individual connoisseurs of fine art through the entire process, from identifying artwork to purchasing and installing new masterpieces. The company is a perfect match for owners of Sutton Area real estate needing a fresh look or themed interior design.

Locals also appreciate the nearby family-owned and operated D'Agostino, which is stocked with healthy groceries, fresh baked goods and adult beverages. The jam-packed store, part of a small chain of Manhattan-based grocers, was started during the Great Depression and continues to provide Sutton Area residents with all of their grocery needs. You'll want to take advantage of their online ordering, fast delivery services and scrumptious weekly recipes.

Sutton Area events

For a chance to sample foods from over 30 area restaurants, locals flock to the annual Taste of Sutton event. Fashioned after similar New York City culinary happenings like Taste of Tribeca, it brings together the local community for family-friendly activities, live music and eclectic foods from the likes of Financier and Rosa Mexicano.

Sutton Park's annual Spring Egg Hunt brings neighbors together for competitive fun and entertainment. With a chance to win prizes, play games and partake in arts and crafts activities, the event is one of Sutton's most popular annual gatherings.

Sutton/Beekman Specialist!

"Including East 52nd Street between the River and First Avenue: Former home to Greta Garbo, Dina Merrill, Cliff Robertson & Warren Beatty to name a few, and a current home to many in the know. Fabulous restaurants, Le Peregord, Ze Cafe, & Jubilee."
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