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Exploring the East River Waterfront

3/16/2016

Midtown East, long the home of world-renowned businesses and the United Nations, is now drawing buyers who seek luxury living in one of New York’s most convenient and culturally rich enclaves. For many, the top option is a condo at Halcyon, which features modern, sophisticated style as well as unparalleled amenities and sweeping views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline. In addition to its many impressive features, the popular Midtown East residential building is located in a neighborhood with a range of outdoor attractions that infuse it with a truly unique appeal.

Just a five-minute walk from Halcyon on East 47th Street stands the domed entrance of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, a 1.5-acre park named for a former U.N. Secretary-General. Occupying the entire south side of the block between First and Second Avenues, the park offers plenty of benches for quiet reflection plus sculptures, the Katharine Hepburn Garden, and multiple fountains. The park’s café is a gourmet snack shack housed in a greenhouse.

Peter Detmold Park—named in honor of a Turtle Bay preservation activist and a World War II veteran—is a joyful spot. Located along F.D.R. Drive from 49th to 51st Streets, this wooded area is outfitted with an inviting entrance path, a waterfront walkway (shielded from the highway by a wall), an off-leash dog run, plus game tables and a gazebo.

Sutton Place Park is located a few blocks north of Peter Detmold Park between 56th and 57th Streets. Composed primarily of a narrow brick walkway with shade trees and benches, it’s the site of the iconic Manhattan scene when Woody Allen and Diane Keaton watch the sun rise over the Queensboro Bridge. The quintessential New York backdrop, Sutton Place Park allows one to experience a few minutes of quiet contemplation or a breath of fresh air just a few blocks from Halcyon.

For an uninterrupted stroll along the East River, head farther north to 63rd Street and the start of John Finley Walk, an elevated promenade named for a City College president in the early 1900s who liked to walk to work. Carved wrought iron signposts bearing Finley’s likeness line the walk, which ends at 81st Street.

Lacking only a golf course, The River Club of New York on East 52nd Street (between the Peter Detmold and Sutton Place Parks) is Midtown East’s finest approximation of an exclusive country club. In addition to the club’s pool, tennis and squash courts, and winter ice skating rink, members also enjoy the fine dining and music and event spaces that make The River Club a local social hotspot.

 

 

 

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