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Sterling Plaza

255 East 49th Street, New York, NY, 10017
Condo Building in Midtown
172 Units | 32 Floors | Built in 1985

Building Amenities

Cats allowed1 6e7e007dda6007eba70cedc9f4af97f7117ce5a28d089eabc3527fbd62553648 Cats Allowed
Dogs allowed1 e992bbf1210a4bd8dcbfb1894d6c4eb2ff6505de20b3279cb50b23f01947d4f4 Dogs Allowed
Doorman1 7b12df4b8f6f65106110c00541cc0a7d83381e534888b7dca22961a30606b929 Doorman
Elevator1 8a0844ed2b974e2ad5b940992bf668aaa99083c1966b2996145de90b54c32a5f Elevator(3)
Live in super1 1049a8b7d2c88f430c633eb52e3057026db42e951267695e21de435f5f742bad Live in super
Roof deck1 4d37aa103c4e877e257e5e52e38a718905edd1fbbc9b41733558386bcc8604f5 Roof Deck

Subway

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Lexington Ave - 53rd St

1 min walk, 0.1 miles

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51st St

3 min walk, 0.24 miles

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Grand Central - 42nd St

4 min walk, 0.4 miles

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Grand Central - 42nd St

5 min walk, 0.44 miles

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5th Ave - 53rd St

5 min walk, 0.47 miles

Building Reviews (3)

Anonymous1 e2aedd6914f0dfdba2908a97845921571ca79aa87d0c092c8da4a55b9c63a22a

Anonymous

Oct 17, 2017

Tenant:

Cons:

We bought a condo unit in this building approximately five years ago and we have resided in this building since then (as a primary residence). The location is quite good, it's close to the subways and Grand Central. But for everything else, we have been generally disappointed with the overall experience of living in this building. The board/management, the community, and the value-retention aspects have been disappointing.(For context, we also own condo units in other towns/states - so, we are seasoned condo owners who know what we should expect)Let's start with the board. We found the board of this building to be very slow, bureaucratic, and unreasonable - relative to other comparable buildings in the neighborhood. Paperwork takes significantly longer than expected every time, for everything: subletting, renovating, moving in and out with the service elevator, etc. There is no reachable, clearly-defined point of contact who will liaise with residents when issues arise. Residents are supposed to submit everything in paper form to "the board" which operates like a mysterious black box. And this leads to the next issue: transparency (or the seriously lack thereof). The residents have no clue who specifically are working on the paperwork when they go to the board. There is zero accountability for deadlines and quality of service on the part of the board. Moreover, the tone of communications from the board has never been polite.Next, the community. There isn't much of a community because there isn't much public space or amenities over which the residents can interact. One such space is Laundry Room. And believe us, the interactions in there are never cordial or relaxing. Folks are super defensive, territorial, and always stressed out and frustrated (probably from dealing with the board). The environment is not yet "toxic" - but it's getting there.What else? The value-retention aspect of this building is just not what it once was or what it was purported to be by the real estate agents. We were told this was a good investment and that our unit would gain value over time. Quite the opposite. Our purchase here turned out to be quite a poor investment choice. The reason is that there have been so many (and there will be many more) new high-rise luxury condo developments popping up in the neighborhood. All the new buildings have higher ceilings, modern designs, better amenities, better service, etc. The buyers in the market will always lean towards the newer, better buildings.Lately, family and friends have been asking us whether they should buy something in the same building and become our neighbors. We wanted to say yes. We wanted to be excited about it. But given all the reasons and reservations detailed above, we just couldn't.Our recommendation is to look elsewhere in the same neighborhood. There are tons of great buildings out there. Explore them all.

Anonymous1 e2aedd6914f0dfdba2908a97845921571ca79aa87d0c092c8da4a55b9c63a22a

Anonymous

Jul 24, 2016

Tenant:

Cons:

I recently went to see a condo for sale at Sterling Plaza with my broker. On arriving back downstairs in the lobby, we were quietly talking for no more than about 10 seconds when the concierge asked us, not politely, to take our conversation elsewhere as "the management" apparently would not approve. So we then walked outside the building, where it was thunderstorming, to continue our brief discussion. The DOORMAN then rudely told us that we couldn't stand there and talk and that we needed to leave. I am at a loss for words at how shabbily the staff at this building treats people, let alone someone who might want to actually buy a condo in your building and therefore PAY YOUR SALARY. This experience was enough to turn me off the building completely.

Anonymous1 e2aedd6914f0dfdba2908a97845921571ca79aa87d0c092c8da4a55b9c63a22a

Anonymous

Jun 22, 2015

Tenant:

Pros:

I've lived at Sterling Plaza for 3 years now, and I love it! Great price given that we now have two brand new buildings coming up near us - 301 East 50th and the Halcyon. Great location - just 10 mins walking from Rockefeller Center and the main shopping area on fifth avenue. Located at the corner of 49th and 2nd, you can take the M50 cross town or M15 SBS downtown express. Shoutout to our fruit stand on the corner - always the best! Although we don't have a gym, we have a laundry room and store in the basement. We have a Le Pain Cafe right underneath and a Starbucks around the corner, many restaurants up the block. Not to forget, we have great staff who make us feel at home and are always there to help out!!