Make no mistake: Beekman Place and its nearby blocks are as rarefied as the moneyed thoroughfares of Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue. No matter that it's just minutes away from unpretty Second Avenue with its fratty bars and dusty traffic. (Why else would the Rockefellers, the Barrymores, and the Vanderbilts have roosted here?) One Beekman Place is the queen of this tiny kingdom, a highly selective, white-glove building with stunning river views that's supposedly terribly fussy but, without a doubt, grand. Open houses are unlikely there (it's that exclusive), but a walk through the enclave and the few buildings hosting showings there this Sunday (listed below) will be enough to give you a hint of the good life. S. Jhoanna Robledo
420 E. 51st St., nr. First Ave., Apt. 7H
Sunday, 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
425 E. 51st St., nr. First Ave., Apt. 9D
Sunday, noon –2 p.m.
420 E. 51st St., nr. First Ave.
Sunday, by appointment only
415 E. 52nd St., nr. First Ave., Apt. 11DA
Sunday, noon–1:30 p.m.
400 E. 51st St., nr. First Ave., Apt. 12A
Sunday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.