Living in Beekman Place
The elite Beekman Place neighborhood surrounds the two-block street of the same name. It runs between the eastern ends of East 49th Street and East 51st Street. That's just north of the United Nations Headquarters on the East River. It's an affluent, close community. If you can afford an apartment rental here, you'll appreciate exclusive gardens, river views, and the protection of a private security force.
The street, Beekman Place, was named for the Beekman family, influential in the early development of the city. The Beekman mansion, Mount Pleasant, was built here in 1765. During the Revolutionary War, British forces used the building as their headquarters. American hero Nathan Hale was tried as a spy in the greenhouse. In 1874, the grand home was torn down. Immigrants from the Lower East Side pushed north to work in the coal yards along the shore and the neighborhood became impoverished. In the 1920s, the neighborhood started to spring back. One Beekman Place, a lavish co-op, was built in 1929. It became home to Rockefellers and it's still a place where executives and heirs feel at home.
Beekman Place Lifestyle and Entertainment
Beekman Place isn't a large neighborhood. You'll find as many consulates and missions here as you will restaurants. Still, it's the edge of the Upper East Side and there's plenty nearby. Within the area, there are delis, restaurants, and cafés. You can try the Top of the Tower or Bangkok Grand Palace without walking more than a block. There's a Bar and Books on First Ave, if you want a whiskey, a cigar, or some fine conversation.
There are boutiques in the neighborhood, and salons and markets, too. Peter Detmold Park connects Beekman Place with the river. It's got a dog run if you've got a furry friend.
Beekman Place Info and the Rental Market
Your neighbors in Beekman Place will be executives, their families, and an assortment of others. Many of the buildings here are co-ops but you can find townhouses and brownstones as well. Rents are higher than the Upper East Side average of $2,486 for a one-bedroom. Until the Second Avenue subway opens, you'll either have to take a taxi, a bus, or walk to Lexington Avenue to find a train. Grand Central Station is about ten blocks away.
Beekman Place Resources
You won't find much in the way of resources in Beekman Place. It's too small. There is the United Nations Postal Administration in the General Assembly Building. Not far away, you can find a branch of the New York Public Library, too. Community Board No. 6 oversees Beekman Place.
Beekman Place Zip Codes
The zip code serving Beekman Place is 10017.