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The Excelsior, 303 East 57th Street

Between Second Avenue & First Avenue

Key Details

  • Year Built 1967
    Building Type Cooperative
    Neighborhood Midtown East
  • Total Apartments 360
    Total Floors 47
    Doorman FT Doorman
$526
Avg. Price / ft2
$54
Avg. Price / ft2
$443
Avg. Price / ft2

Rating

25
Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 25 / 44

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21
Out of 36

Location Rating: 21 / 36

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18
Out of 39

Features Rating: 18 / 39

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8
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72

CityRealty Rating Reference

 
Architecture
  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
 
Location
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
 
Features
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #9 Rated co-op - Midtown East
 

Description

In 1967, the Excelsior ranked among the city’s tallest apartment buildings. The broad-shouldered, 47-story tower still maintains a commanding presence on East 57th Street at the junction of Midtown East and the Sutton Place neighborhood. The assertive midcentury design comes from Philip Birnbaum, one of the most prolific apartment architects in post-war New York. The notched form adds extra corner rooms on every floor. Spacious balconies, which feature in almost every apartment, open upon the Queensboro Bridge, the East River, and the Midtown and Uptown skylines. Central Park comes into view from the upper floors and the roof sundeck. A spacious porte-cochere makes for an arrival uncluttered with Midtown’s curbside traffic. Amenities such as a health club and swimming pool further establish the Excelsior as a standout among the city’s co-op buildings.

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Building Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Elevator Man
  • FT Doorman
  • Hi Rise
  • Post War
  • Full Service Garage
  • Health Club
  • Pool
  • Roof Deck
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Valet Parking
  • Fitness Center
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • On-Site Parking
  • Laundry Room
  • In-Unit Washer/Dryer
  • Bike Room
  • Live-In Superintendent
  • Porte-Cochere / Driveway
  • Terraces / Balconies
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Apartments for Sale at 303 East 57th Street (27)

27
Available Apts
$329K - $2.5M
Price Range
$526
Avg. Price / ft2
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Apartments for Rent at 303 East 57th Street (4)

4
Available Apts
$8,000
Prices Start At
$54
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Carter Horsley's Review

Carter Horsley's Building Review
"This 47-story white-brick apartment tower was the city's tallest residential tower when it was built in 1967 and a precursor of many major mixed-use buildings as its lower five floors contain offices. Designed by Philip Birnbaum, who moved his offices into the building, many of the cooperative building's apartments have balconies. Over the years, the building has often had scaffolding around it to repair the brick façade as it and many buildings of its generation used a glazed brick that did not survive well in the city's freeze/cycles that caused water to freeze behind the glazing, expand and pop off the glazed facing. Many of the tower's units have impressive views, especially looking west down 57th Street. The building has a spacious lobby and attractive retail spaces, but its location suffers from noise heavy traffic on and off the nearby Queensborough Bridge." Read Carter's Full Review
Pros
  • Many apartments have impressive views
  • Doorman
  • Health club with pool
  • Garage
  • Spacious lobby
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • Heavy traffic and noise at busy intersection
  • No sundeck
  • Conventional and small layouts
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Subways

  1. N
  2. Q
  3. R
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
at 3rd Ave and 60th 0.26 miles
  1. M
  2. E
at Lexington Ave and 53rd 0.27 miles
  1. F
at Lexington Ave and 63rd 0.36 miles
 

Sales Summary - Past 12 Months

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Past 12 Months
$683,273
Avg. Price
Based on 11 Sales
 

Closing History - Last 10 sales

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10
Units Sold
$400K - $1.2M
Price Range
$432
Avg. Price / ft2

Pricing Comparison of Similar Buildings

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In The Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 419 Available for Sale
  • $1,743 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $2,951,165 Avg. Price
  • $1,325,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive One Beacon Court Apt PH5152W | $34,000,000
    Price / ft2 $3,778
  2. Least Expensive The St. Regis Apt 808 | $135,000
    Price / ft2 $303
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  • 112 Available for Rent
  • $87 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $11,732 Avg. Price
  • $6,500 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 432 Park Avenue Apt 70A | $70,000
    Price / ft2 $209
  2. Least Expensive 321 East 54th Street Apt 10J | $1,900
Data is based on sales from past 12 months and only transactions for which we have approximate square footage information available are included above
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  • 275 Total Sales
  • $1,646 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $2,856,685 Avg. Price
  • $1,200,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 432 Park Avenue Apt 64A | $75,000,000
    Price / ft2 $9,331
  2. Least Expensive 231 East 54th Street Apt 3A | $320,000
    Price / ft2 $831

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Alternate Addresses

  • 1084 2 Avenue
  • 303 East 59 Street

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