Turtle Bay takes its name from a cove in the East River, but it gets its distinctive character from all over the world. As befits a neighborhood that’s home to the United Nations, Turtle Bay, a segment of Midtown East is one of Manhattan’s most wildly globalized neighborhoods. The small, sedate neighborhood that runs between Lexington Avenue and the East River between 42nd and 53rd Streets was a vacation spot for those dwelling lower in Manhattan during New York City’s early years, and now resembles nothing so much as an uncommonly sophisticated urban suburb -- albeit one that’s home to elegant brownstones, luxury condominiums and a demographic diverse enough to put any suburb to shame.
The elegant place-apart feel of Tudor City -- home primarily to stunning pre-war co-ops, and overlooking the East River from a perch at the eastern end of 42nd Street -- is unique anywhere in Manhattan, but much of the appeal of apartments for sale in Turtle Bay comes from just how quiet and un-Manhattan-y this neighborhood feels. While no place that’s this close to the United Nations -- or to the upscale restaurants and neighborhood-y nightspots that define Turtle Bay’s nightlife scene -- could ever feel provincial, Turtle Bay’s distinctively relaxed vibe sets it apart as an uncommonly welcoming Manhattan neighborhood. What was once a vacation spot for Manhattanites now feels like a vacation from Manhattan’s every day.