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Sutton Place Park

At the easternmost end of 57th Street, there’s this little known park with a wild boar at its core.  Known as Sutton Place Park, it has a remarkable view of the 59th Street Bridge as well as the East River. Very few people visit this park so you are mostly assured of a quiet time. The wild boar was a gift from philanthropist Hugh Trumball Adams and was installed in 1972.  If you look carefully, you’ll notice that there are little toads, crabs, lizards and mice around the hoofs of the tender beast. The sculpture and its intricate details were copied from a replica done by Pietro Tacca called “Porcellino” in 1634. The original marble version, which both of these copies were based on, is housed in the Uffizi Museum in Florence.

Sutton Place Park is relatively small but could very well be on the course to expand. The adjacent Co-op, 1 Sutton Place South, has lost the privilege of leasing what could be termed their “backyard” from the city. As of November 2011, plans are being set to turn 1 Sutton Place South’s former greenery into a public park. Of course the shareholders cannot be too thrilled.

Sutton Place Park 2

                  1 Sutton Place South’s former private backyard, awaiting to be made publicSutton Place Park 3

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Written by agnesbstanton

January 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Posted in Midtown East, Parks, Sutton

444 E. 57th Street (Marilyn Monroe’s Residence)

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Marilyn Monroe came to New York in 1954 as she was filming the “Seven Year Itch” made famous for the scene where Marilyn’s white dress is blown from underneath a subway vent. Besides filming, Marilyn wanted to make a fresh start, take some acting classes with Lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio, and be photographed by Milton Greene. The Residence that is most characteristic of Marilyn was the apartment she owned with her third husband Arthur Miller at 444 E. 57th St. They moved into a Classic six apartment after their marriage in 1956, and reportedly lived in #13E. This building is a pre-war condo, one of just a handful in the city where most pre-wars are co-ops. Marilyn would own this apartment until her death in 1962.

Before Arthur Miller came into the picture, Marilyn lived at the Gladstone Hotel on 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue, which does not exist anymore. She soon took a more permanent residence on an 8th Floor apartment at 2 Sutton Place South, a historic co-op with a corner driveway.

2 Sutton Place South

When filming for Billy Wilder’s “Seven Year Itch” began in 1954, Marilyn could be spotted at 164 E. 61St. wearing only her knickers in the apartment used for the exterior shot in the movie. These-days this townhouse has medical offices on the ground floor.

164 E. 61 Street

The front entrance door at 164 E. 61 Street is flanked by two boxwood planters as is the entrance to 444 E. 57th St.  

Marilyn liked to go to Gino’s, an Italian restaurant that sadly closed in 2011. It was best remembered for its lunch-time power table and literary crowd and let’s not forget the zebra wallpaper. The food was decent but not great. Just like Swifty’s or Elaine’s, you would go there mainly to rub shoulders and make things happen. Marilyn also liked to go to Sardi’s at 234 W. 44th St. which mainly caters to the theatre and entertainment crowd and still exists today.

The Subway Inn, a badly run down bar, at least from the exterior as I’ve never been inside, was another spot where Marilyn could sometimes be found. The bar reportedly has photos of her on display and claims she got a little tipsy there a couple of times after her filming schedule.

143 E. 60th Street

Written by agnesbstanton

January 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Posted in Condos, Sutton