249 East 50th Street’s Exterior Continues to Take Shape in Turtle Bay, Manhattan

249 East 50th Street, designed by Isaac Stern

Façade installation is continuing on 249 East 50th Street, a 15-story residential building in the Midtown East neighborhood of  Turtle Bay. Designed by Issac & Stern Architects and developed by Tun Kyaw, the 151-foot-tall structure will yield 29 condominium units spread across 50,000 square feet, for an average of 1,700 square feet each. 249 East 50th Street is located near the corner of East 50th Street and Second Avenue.

Recent photos show the progress on the building’s exterior since our last update in August 2020, when the reinforced concrete superstructure had just finished topping out.

249 East 50th Street. Photo by Michael Young

249 East 50th Street. Photo by Michael Young

249 East 50th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Black netting and scaffolding obscure most of the main southern elevation and the back northern side. Installation of the fenestration started in the final months of 2020 and is ongoing. However the largely blank eastern wall is exposed and finished and shows a mix of warm-colored and gray stone panels, along with a pair of floor-to-ceiling windows that flank the corners of the edifice. Horizontal parallel strips denote the location of each floor plate.

249 East 50th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The overall appearance of the eastern party wall is sleek with good attention to detail and craftsmanship that elevate what would otherwise be a blank wall of concrete and cinder blocks.

249 East 50th Street. Photo by Michael Young

249 East 50th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The first six stories will house four units per floor. After a pair of setbacks, the building massing becomes much more slender from the seventh floor up to the pinnacle, with each story housing a full-floor unit. Residential amenities include a recreation room on the top floor, a laundry room in the cellar, and storage space for bicycles.

A revised completion date for 249 East 50th Street has yet to be disclosed.

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4 Comments on "249 East 50th Street’s Exterior Continues to Take Shape in Turtle Bay, Manhattan"

  1. I think Issac Stern violinist, could have designed a more appealing building here, than Issac & Stern architects.

  2. Jean Palumbo | May 26, 2021 at 3:15 pm | Reply

    Ugly building in a lovely neighborhood. There’s no continuity because of this monstrous building

  3. Remembering when that was the lot of the famous “Lutece”.
    A loss

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