Major mixed-use buildings are a relatively new phenomenon in the city. Many New York City apartment buildings, of course, have had ground-floor retail uses, but it wasn’t until the city gave substantial zoning bonuses in the 1970s for buildings that had a generous mix on the premise that variety is the spice of the city. Initially, there were some doubters concerned about the extra costs of separate lobbies and elevators and the like as well as the fact that perhaps some residential buyers might not like to mingle in their buildings with mere workers or shoppers. Of course, back then, Whole Foods had not been invented to take people’s breath and money away as they swooshed around the boutiques on their merry way home to their grand apartment. Today, in the best of all worlds, as Candide so aptly put it, you can’t go home again and again to a single-use building unless you’re not with it! Dig!
This impressive mixed-use tower on the west side of Columbus Circle overlooks Central Park and combines offices, a four-story curved retain atrium with a giant Whole Foods store in the basement with a cultural facility, four luxury restaurants, a Mandarin Oriential Hotel with dramatic cocktail lounge on the 35th floor and luxury condominium apartments in its two tall twin towers.
Three apartments currently for sale from $23,500,000 to $50,000,000
This East Side counterpart to the West Side's Time Warner Center combines large retail spaces in its base with offices above for Bloomberg topped by luxury residential condominiums beneath an illuminated top and it has a very dramatic inclined elliptical driveway.
Five apartments currently for sale from $4,850,000 to $98,000,000
Donald Trump began his glossy high-rise tower empire here with a fine flourish of a pink marble waterfall and an impressive mix of retail, office and residential spaces in a tower designed by Der Scutt of considerable elegance, especially with its Christmas-time caroliers on its stepped balconies.
Six apartments currently for sale from $2,250,000 to $5,950,000
A glistening make-over of a drab office tower on the north side of Columbus Circle into a first-class hotel and luxury residential condominiums, complete with a large stainless steel globe of the world to dazzle pedestrians.
Eight apartments currently for sale from $949,000 to $9,750,000
This bronze-colored glass, retail, office and residential skyscraper provides an extremely elegant backdrop for the glories of St. Patrick's Cathedral across the street and has an impressive through-block arcade.
Seven apartments currently for sale from $1,575,000 to $10,450,000
While most of the city's major mixed-use towers have a monolithic appearance that disguises the separation of uses, here offices for Random House in the base are outclassed by the dark glass residential section of the building that is also very handsomely massed.
Four apartments currently for sale from $3,595,000 to $15,900,000
This mid-block, mixed-use tower has the city's most dramatic entrance, a stunning office atrium topped by a fitness center, the first of the city's "wintergarden" residential balconies and a penthouse apartment that looks like the bridge of a battleship.
Eleven apartments currently for sale from $745,000 to $6,950,000
The top of this tall, mid-block, mixed-use tower has a dome, which whistled loudly for a while, in homage to that of the City Center for the Performing Arts whose air rights it used, and boasts one of the most sumptuous residential lobbies in the city.
Five apartments currently for sale from $835,000 to $4,900,000
This 47-story tower is clad with orange, dark red and charcoal brick and is the tallest of three major towers developed by Millennium Partners at the north end of the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Avenue just to the north of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and it combines a very large movie theater complex, retail spaces, a very large health club, a post office and 368 residential condominium apartments.
One of the handsomest "dark" towers, this 54-story black-glass building with thin red banding designed by Davis, Brody & Associates has 347 condominium apartments adjacent to a 17-story, white-stone buidling that has facilities for the adjacent Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Six apartments currently for sale from $900,000 to $8,900,000
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