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Place 57 in Midtown East: Review and Ratings | CityRealty

Carter Horsley
Review by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of

Place 57, the very sleek and striking, angled, 36-story tower at 212 East 57th Street between Third and Second Avenues, is one of most attractive reflective glass-clad residential buildings in midtown. 

The mid-block building occupies the former site of the Sutton Movie Theater and was erected at about the same time as Sutton 57, a 24-story non-reflective-glass-clad tower with 38 units across the street at 212 East 57th Street. Both buildings were completed in 2006. 

Plaza 57 was developed by The Clarett Group. Ismael Leyva was the architect.


Bottom Line

One of the city’s most attractive reflective-glass towers, Place 57 has a prime Midtown East location that is convenient to public transportation, shopping and restaurants and not far from Sutton Place.


The building is slightly cantilevered at its northwest corner and dramatically angled when viewed from the west. 

The west, north and south façades of the building are clad in the reflective class but the east façade is windowless as it is a "party wall."

Working in partnership with famed crystal maker Baccarat, features include a lobby with crystal lighting and decor and an outdoor garden ornamented with chandeliers. Both are designed by interior designer Vicente Wolf.


There is a 24-hour concierge, a fitness center, a residents’ lounge, a children's playroom, individual storage units and a concierge service is available.


There are no more than two apartments a floor in this building, which is slightly cantilevered at its northwest corner

The building has 68 apartments

The two- and three-bedroom apartments were initially priced from about $1.47 million to $3.35 million and most units have excellent Midtown vistas. Apartments have Santos mahogany floors, walk-in closets, safes, Viking kitchens, Waterworks bathroom fixtures and most units have long galleries.

Apartment 20A is a three-bedroom unit that has a 20-foot-long gallery that leads to a 20-foot-long angled, corner living/dining room with an open kitchen.

Apartment 24B is a two-bedroom unit with a 13-foot-long gallery that leads to a 22-foot-long living room that opens to a 13-foot-long dining room adjacent to the 8-foot-long kitchen.

Apartment 34B is a duplex unit with a foyer that opens to a 27-foot-long corer living/dining room next to an enclosed 13-foot-long kitchen.  The lower level also has a bedroom and there are two more bedrooms and a home office on the upper level.

The penthouse was once occupied by Oprah Winfrey and has three bedrooms and a foyer that leads to a dining room next to an eat-in kitchen.  The unit has a large terrace entered from the master bedroom.



Clarett's other developments include the 64-unit Opus at 2770 Broadway on the Upper West Side, the Sky House, a 55-story condominium tower at 11 East 29th Street, the Chelsea House, a 13-story condominium project at 130 West 19th Street, and the Post Luminaria at 385 First Avenue at 23rd Street.



Place 57 is convenient to Bloomingdale's and the tram to Roosevelt Island. It is also not far from Sutton Place. There are many restaurants and shops nearby as well as good public transportation.

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