Top High Rise Condos (> 35 Floors)
Robert A.M. Stern designed 15 Central Park West between 61st and 62nd Streets.
15 Central Park West is comprised of two limestone towers and features 202, one- to four-bedroom residences. Units offer multi-directional views and full-floor, duplex penthouses are extremely spacious, with some ranging between 5,000 and 6,000 square feet. Kitchens have top-of-the-line appliances and bathrooms are equipped with deluxe fixtures and finishes.
Amenities at 15 Central Park West include a 24-hour doorman, a private dining room and library, a screening room and a health club and pool. Many units also have individual wine cellars.
It is near the restaurants and shops of Columbus Circle as well as Central Park and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
80 Columbus Circle, between West 58th Street & West 60th Street | Central Park West View on Map
Designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and completed in 2004, the Time Warner Center is located at 80 Columbus Circle in the Upper West Side.
Much of what has drawn eager buyers is the Time Warner Center’s premier location. It offers more than geography, though, as residents enjoy elegantly designed spaces with first-rate finishes and premium appliances.
Time Warner Center amenities include a screening room, party rooms, a children's playroom, an in-house garage with valet parking, a chauffeur's lounge and access to such Mandarin Hotel conveniences as a spa, a pool, a fitness center, room service, valet service and maid's service. In addition to 198 apartments, the twin 750-foot towers house the headquarters of Time Warner, the studios of CNN, the 250-room, five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel and the Jazz at Lincoln Center performance space.
The Time Warner Center is also occupied by a multi-story galleria with many restaurants and retailers, including Masa, Per Se, L’Occitane, Pink, Armani, Hugo Boss and Whole Foods.
1 Central Park West, between West 60th Street & West 61st Street | Central Park West View on Map
Trump International Hotel and Tower at 1 Central Park West is one of the most successful developments in Donald Trump’s portfolio.
After securing its acquisition, Trump oversaw a comprehensive renovation, staging a reopening in 1997. A world-class hotel occupies the lower 22 floors of the 44-story Trump International, while private residences in the upper floors feature floor-to-ceiling windows, 10-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, hardwood floors, marble baths and modern kitchens.
In addition, residents of the Trump International’s 166 apartments enjoy access to all of the hotel’s room, concierge and valet services, as well as its gym, spa and pool; they can also order food from the world-renowned, Michelin Guide 3-star Jean-Georges restaurant located just off the hotel lobby.
Its convenient location is in Central Park West across from Columbus Circle and a number of public transportation options. It is also close to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
The tallest building on the Upper East Side, this 634-foot-high slender tower is one of the city's handsomest buildings.
The form and proportions of this 56-story tower are terrific.
Although its crenellated top recollects that of the famous Chanin Building on the southwest corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, this is far too sophisticated a tower to be described as Post-Modern.
Its architect, Frank Williams & Associates, had previously designed the residential portion of one of the city's most important Post-Modern complexes, World Wide Plaza on a former site of Madison Square Garden in west Midtown. Here, the architects have sculpted a very interesting tower that is an aggressive and very specific intrusion into the skyline, one that represented a significant departure for its famous developer, who previously was preoccupied with glitz and slickness.
This is a brick building, to begin with. It has many traditional "courses" that cap, or separate, different divisions of the tower. Its shape is distinctly complex and not at all clean-cut.
Given the general anti-high-rise sentiment of the city at the time this was built in 1991, it is quite stunning that Trump was able to pull this project off. Third Avenue, of course, was no stranger to high-rise "luxury" towers in the 60's, including another Trump project several blocks to the south, but this stands in splendid isolation. As such, it toppled the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue at 76th Street as the most prominent, unofficial landmark on the Upper East Side. More importantly, it greatly improved the Upper East Side skyline for Upper West Siders.
At about the same time that Trump was going ahead with this project, he switched architects on his large "Trump City" project on the Upper West Side overlooking the Hudson River from a modernist design that included a "world's tallest building" there, designed by Helmut Jahn, for Trump, to a Post-Modern enclave designed by Costas Kondylis that mimics some of the Art Deco twin-towered buildings of Central Park West.
While this tower's top, which is beautifully illuminated at night, is reminiscent of Art Deco, the building's base is more typical Trump, a generally conservative, corporate blandness with a bit of expensive flash.
The condominium apartment layouts are efficient, but not palatial, and most of their views are protected and sensational. The marketing here is generally aimed at an international market largely interested in conventional pied-a-terres, which can be combined for larger units, with plenty of amenities and convenience. The top several floors have only one unit each.
The building's brick is a yellowish-orange, which is an interesting experiment at keeping the large tower light in tone but also warm and inviting. The experiment, however, misses somewhat and the tower's color is, well, peachy. Furthermore, the brickwork does not appear to be the most expensive, or finely detailed. Nevertheless, a brick tower is welcome and the wealth of detailing on the other building elements is admirable.
Despite its size, there are only 285 apartments here, two-thirds of which are in the tower and the remainder in two attached structures, one eight stories and the other nine stories, thereby affording residents considerable more "exclusivity" on their floor than many other recent large projects.
With its superb massing, this tower could only be improved if it had a travertine marble façade and surely Trump will eventually get around to erecting such a tower, but perhaps without such an excellent location.
The tower replaced the 10-story, New York Foundling Hospital that had been erected in 1959.
The tower was built "as-of-right," but Mr. Trump could not get a zoning variance he wanted to create a five-screen movie theater on the site.
"A lively pattern of windows and balconies," noted Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman and Jacob Tilove noted in their great book, "New York 2000, Architecture and Urbanism Between The Bicentennial and The Millennium" (The Monacelli Press, 2006), "added interest to the telescopic tower, which proved to be just the kind of landmark Third Avenue needed, though Herbert Muschamp did not see its bravura in positive terms, agreeing in essence with Kenneth Koyen, a neighbor of the tower, who called it 'as appropriate as an asparagus spear on a golf green.' Muschamp took issue with several aspects of the design, beginning with the detailiing of the base, which he castigated as 'tacky Art Deco trim.' He also felt that the brick walls, 'glamorous from a distance, look cheap up close.'"
151 East 58th Street, between Lexington Avenue & Third Avenue | Midtown East View on Map
One Beacon Court at 151 East 58th Street is located at the nexus of Midtown and the Upper East Side.
Its 105 condominiums are located on the 30th to 55th floors and are equipped with white, double-stacked cabinetry, modern, premium appliances and washers and dryers.
One Beacon Court amenities are run by London-based Quintessentially and include a 24-hour doorman, concierge service, a garage and valet parking. What’s more, residents have access to the Beacon Club, which is located on the 29th floor and includes a children’s playroom, a business center and a fitness and health spa. The lower floors of the tower contain offices for Bloomberg L.P.
151 East 58th Street occupies an entire city block and is bounded by Lexington and Third Avenues, and 58th and 59th Streets. Residents have easy access to Le Cirque restaurant, which is located in the tower’s lower floors, as well as public transportation. Shops and restaurants are also nearby.
With reports of billionaires jockeying to pay record-setting prices for its trophy penthouse apartments, One57 from Extell Development is set to open this year. The 90-story building, which houses both a hotel and private residences, is currently the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, the tower rises more than 1,000 feet above 57th Street just south of Central Park. The top portion of the building, which has a private entrance on 58th Street, contains 92 condominium apartments that feature interiors designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen. In the tower's lower floors is the Park Hyatt’s new U.S. flagship, a 210-room hotel slated to open sometime in 2014.
The building offers such luxury amenities as 24-hour doorman and concierge service, an indoor pool, a private fitness center, a performance room, a private dining room, a library and lounge area, a full-catering kitchen and on-site parking. Residents will also have full access to the hotel’s amenities including room, catering, and housekeeping services.
The Trump Tower at 721 Fifth Avenue is a glass tower located between 56th and 57th Streets.
Developed by Donald Trump, 721 Fifth Avenue sports a distinctive design that creates many corner windows with breathtaking views. Residential condominiums are located on the highest 38 floors of this 58-story tower and include nine duplex and triplex penthouses on the top nine floors. Many of the Trump Tower apartments have been renovated and feature marble bathrooms, Jacuzzi bathtubs, wood and stone floors, custom kitchen cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances, numerous walk-in closets and washer and dryers. The building’s spacious condos also offer panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Central Park and the rivers.
Amenities include a full-time doorman, valet, a fitness room, maid service and a common storage room.
Such retailers as Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany's are nearby, as are well-known restaurants. Central Park and the Plaza Hotel are two blocks away and the area is convenient to most public transportation.
220 Riverside Boulevard At the Northeast Corner of West 70th Street | Riverside Dr./West End Ave. View on Map
At a soaring 49-stories, Trump Place at 220 Riverside Boulevard is the tallest tower in the Trump Place development.
The residences at Trump Place offer varied and spacious floor plans suited to a range of buyer needs. Apartments were developed with an emphasis on two-, three- and four-bedroom units, each designed to maximize space and capitalize on the extraordinary river views and abundance of natural light. They are include such details as herringbone hardwood floors, oversized, sound-proof windows, individual climate control and state-of-the-art telecommunications and entertainment systems. Kitchens are equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and master baths and powder rooms have topnotch vanities, fixtures and finishes.
220 Riverside Boulevard offers amenities that include a round-the-clock hotel-style doorman, concierge and valet service, a health club with pool and spa, on-site parking, a wood-paneled library, an English billiards room, an entertainment suite, a children’s playroom and a landscaped interior courtyard.
Trump Place offers residents access to Riverside Park and the Hudson River Esplanade. It is also close to the shops and restaurants of Columbus Circle and is near to excellent public transportation.
117 East 57th Street, between Park Avenue & Lexington Avenue | Midtown East View on Map
The Galleria at 117 East 57th Street is a 55-story, mixed-use residential tower with 253 apartments. Located just off Park Avenue on one of the most famous shopping streets in the world, it has one of the city's most dramatic entrances.
Residences feature walls of windows with spectacular views. Apartments have marble bathrooms, abundant closets, wood floors and washer and dryers. The units on the south side have living rooms that contain “Winter Garden” terraces, which resemble greenhouses with glass walls and slanted roofs. Such a room-within-a-room can be set-up as a breakfast room, den or even an additional bedroom.
Amenities and services at the Galleria include a 24-hour doorman, concierge, a valet, room service, a garage and a health club with a pool and a spa. At the Sky Lounge on the 54th floor, residents can also enjoy views of the cityscape and have drinks outside on the terrace or inside by the fireplace.
146 West 57th Street, between Sixth Avenue & Seventh Avenue | Midtown West View on Map
The bold and modern Metropolitan Tower at West 57th Street overlooks Central Park.
Apartments feature innovative layouts, with floor-to-ceiling windows that extend across two stunning walls and showcase views of Central Park.
Amenities at the Metropolitan Tower include a full-time doorman, premiere concierge service, a health club and spa with indoor swimming pool, a roof deck, housekeeping and room service, a full-service garage and a private, residents-only dining club with a terrace.
Moreover, residents enjoy coveted ease of access to Central Park, which is just two blocks to the north. A neighborhood ideal for exploration, the 57th Street thoroughfare brings world-class shops, restaurants and entertainment options right to residents’ doorsteps.
160 Central Park South, between Sixth Avenue & Seventh Avenue | Midtown West View on Map
The J.W. Marriott Essex House at 160 Central Park South, which includes both a hotel and apartments, is situated in a premier location overlooking Central Park.
It first opened more than 80 years ago and has undergone a series of renovations over its storied history. Apartments are spacious and feature unique layouts; most residences also have beautiful views of Central Park and the city skyline.
Residents have access to all of the luxury amenities offered to guests of the hotel, which is now operated by Marriott International. Moreover, it has a full-time doorman, concierge service and a spa and fitness center. Unit owners can also order from the hotel’s 24-hour room service and request housekeeping.
The J.W. Marriott Essex House is close to excellent public transportation, high-caliber restaurants and world-class shopping.
15 West 53rd Street, between Fifth Avenue & Avenue of the Americas | Midtown West View on Map
Located in the heart of Midtown, the Museum Tower at 15 West 53rd Street was developed in 1983 as part of a redesign of The Museum of Modern Art.
The 52-story tower includes six floors of museum space and has 240 apartments. Featuring high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and oversized rooms, the Museum Tower’s apartments are grand, airy and brimming with natural light. Walls of windows frame views of Central Park and the city skyline and many open to the MoMA’s sculpture garden.
The Museum Tower's amenities include hotel-quality doormen, concierge, valets and elevator attendants, a fitness center with a sauna, a steam room and a meditation room, a screening room, a business conference room, a wine storage room, a landscaped roof terrace and housekeeping and laundry services.
Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Theater District are all located nearby.
The 52-story Olympic Tower at 641 Fifth Avenue in Midtown is situated between 51st and 52nd Streets and was developed by Aristotle Onasis. Its 226 apartments are located in the top 29 floors and have large windows that offer expansive views of the Manhattan skyline and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Residences also feature varied layouts, 9-foot-high ceilings, enclosed kitchens and elegant bathrooms.
Olympic Tower amenities include elevator attendants, 24-hour concierge service, a gym, a barber, a hair salon, a bicycle room, a fitness center, and – in the event of a power outage – emergency electric power. It also is close to the shops and restaurants along Fifth Avenue and such cultural attractions as the Museum of Modern Art.
10 West Street At the Northwest Corner at West Street | Battery Park City View on Map
Located at 10 West Street in Battery Park City, the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton opened in November 2001.
It contains 122 apartments and 311 Ritz-Carlton hotel rooms. Units - which quickly sold out when they were first put on the market - feature large windows, modern kitchens and master bathrooms with premium fixtures. Its spacious residences are also distinguished by their varied floor plans. Some apartments boast such impressive touches as motorized window shade systems and marble-lined foyers.
Residents are treated to the same perks and services as hotel guests and have access to such amenities as a full-time doorman, concierge service, an elevator attendant, central air conditioning, a full-service garage, a health club, a garden, a pool, a roof deck, a business center, a children’s playroom, valet parking and a private lounge.
10 West Street overlooks the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The Bowling Green subway station is just a few blocks away.
23 East 22nd Street, between Broadway & Park Avenue South | Flatiron/Union Square View on Map
One Madison at 23 East 22nd Street is located at the crossroads of Chelsea, Madison Square Park, Gramercy and the Flatiron District.
It is situated at the start of Madison Avenue. Its prior owners sold the building and it is now managed by the Related Companies. Residences are spacious and feature floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the surrounding cityscape. Kitchens and bathrooms have modern appliances and fixtures and many offer views of the Empire State Building and Midtown.
The building's One Club features amenities such as a private dining room with a gourmet catering kitchen, a lounge, a parlor with a billiards table, a lap pool, a spa with a glass-enclosed steam room overlooking Madison Square Park, a fitness center with yoga room and a children's playroom.