Living in Turtle Bay
Renting an apartment in Turtle Bay may sound tropical, but this neighborhood is all Manhattan. Found Midtown between 41st and 54th Streets east of Lexington Avenue, Turtle Bay looks out over the East River. It's home to two famous residents: the United Nations Headquarters and the Chrysler Building.
Turtle Bay got its name in the 17th century, when it served as a shelter from blustery river weather and as a hub for shipbuilding. Following the Civil War, it saw a wave of brownstone development before it turned commercial and fell into decay. Restoration of the area kicked off in the 20s when developers saw the value of its river views. When the United Nations opened in 1952, the area filled with missions and diplomats. Now, it's known to be livelier than most of Midtown East, but not quite as hip as Murray Hill.
Turtle Bay Lifestyle and Entertainment
Turtle Bay provides residents, diplomats, and businesspeople with a range of upscale restaurants and affordable eateries. Eating options tend towards places where a foreign dignitary would feel at home, so expect class but not abundant creativity. Smith & Wollensky and Pietro's Steakhouse serve up excellent cuts. The charming Caterina's Restaurant cooks a mix of Hungarian and Italian food. If you're feeling more casual, Beer Bar supplies bar bites plus pints. Nightlife is lacking in Turtle Bay, but there are places to get a drink. The younger crowd frequents the bars along Lexington Avenue.
There are a handful of groceries and pharmacies in Turtle Bay for the locals, but for most shopping head west to Third or Lexington. There is a community vibe here, and small shop owners pride themselves on knowing their neighbors.
Solid, healthy trees on the streets guide lead between parks. Baj Hammarskjold Plaza is like a taste of Paris and it hosts a farmer's market. Greenacre Park has a mesmerizing waterfall, but it's closed in the winter. Turtle Bay also fronts the river. Check out Peter Detmold Park for a glimpse.
Turtle Bay Info and the Rental Market
You'll find a wide range of apartment prices (for Manhattan) in Turtle Bay. While it is generally a wealthy area, bargains can be found. On offer is a mix of Beaux Art apartments, comfortable high-rises, and lovely brownstones. Remember, you'll pay more to be near the water. Median rents come in around $3,400.
Young singles and families choose Turtle Bay for its safety, its numerous public parks, and its proximity to Grand Central Station. There's no subway here until the promised Second Ave line opens, but buses run through. One warning; watch out for heavy traffic when dignitaries come to town!
Turtle Bay Resources
Community Board 6 serves Turtle Bay. There's no public library here, but the mid-Manhattan library and the Main Library aren't far off. If you've got business with the post office, visitors can mail letters from the lower level of the United Nations General Assembly Building. They've got unique UN stamps there!
Turtle Bay Zip Codes
Zip codes serving Turtle Bay are 10017 and 10022.