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212 East 48th Street: Review and Ratings

Carter Horsley
Review of 212 East 48th Street 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

This handsome, pre-war cooperative apartment building at 212 East 48th Street in the Turtle Bay neighborhood was erected in 1924. 

It was designed by John H. Duncan, who designed Grant’s Tomb in Riverside Park and the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn at the entrance to Prospect Park. 

The dark-red-brick building has nine stories and 46 apartments.

Bottom Line

This attractive, pre-war condominium apartment building at 212 East 48th Street in the Turtle Bay neighborhood has many fireplaces and a 24-hour doorman. 

It is convenient to Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations.


This mid-block, pre-war building has a one-story stone base with an entrance marquee and a nice cornice.  

It is adjacent to 767 Third Avenue, an office building developed by the William Kaufman Organization with metal footprints on sidewalk grates, a wall-mounted chess-board with movable pieces and a stagecoach.


The building has a 24-hour doorman, a live-in superintendent, private storage, and a laundry room.  It is pet-friendly and pieds-a-terre and welcome. 

The building has a marble lobby with arched French glass doors that lead to the building’s private garden.


Most apartments have wood-burning fireplaces, and beamed, 9-and-a-half-foot-high ceilings. 

Apartment 2E is a one-bedroom unit with an entrance foyer that leads to a 19-foot-long gallery that opens onto a 25-foot-long living room with an open kitchen and a wood-burning fireplace. 

Apartment  4D has a small entry foyer that leads directly into a 24-foot-long living room with a wood-burning fireplace.  The one-bedroom apartment has a small dining area across from an enclosed kitchen. 

Apartment 1C is a two-bedroom apartment with a 24-foot-long living room with a wood-burning fireplace next to an enclosed kitchen. 

Apartment 9A is a two-bedroom unit that has a windowed, eat-in kitchen off its entry foyer that leads to a 26-foot-long living room with a wood-burning fireplace. 

Penthouse A is a two-bedroom apartment that has a 17-foot-long living/dining area with an open kitchen that opens onto a 65-foot-long terrace. 


Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 19 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 25 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 17 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #11 Rated co-op - Turtle Bay/United Nations
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Key Details
  • Co-op built in 1924
  • Located in Turtle Bay/United Nations
  • 48 total apartments
  • 10 recent sales ($380K to $2M)
  • Doorman
  • Pets Allowed
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