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Most of the Top 10 Most Prestigious New York City Condo Apartment Buildings are pretty new as the only pre-war buildings to make the list are The Plaza and the Woolworth Building. Not all of them feature floor-through apartments as smaller pieds-a-terre are attractive to many out-of-towners. All of them, however, are definitely "full-service" buildings and while they may not have a complete laundry list of the latest and greatest amenities there is little doubt that their residents are pampered. It is interesting to note that this list includes 9 different developers, but only two "pre-wars" and three new towers by Robert A. M. Stern.

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Although Fifth Avenue is pretty well known internationally as a respectable address, the Top 10 Central Park West apartment buildings really come on strong in the current home stretch. Its line-up is a murderers' row of really impressive and interesting New York City apartment buildings. Some of them, of course, are ageless veterans, but they have true architectural heart, if not grit. Sort of reminds one of the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers: incomparable even if they lost to the Yankees. C'mon, you didn't think all the people on Central Park West rooted for the Yankees? They're just in the mood for greatness, even if it vanished, which is pretty astounding, gosh darn!

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It doesn't hurt live across the street from Central Park, the city's most impressive museum or just steps away from a flurry of top shops and restaurants. There's really no secret to living in one of 5th Avenue's most coveted residential buildings-just very, very, very good credit.

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Just suppose you had a gigantic, shiny, metallic sculpture by Jeff Koons. Where would you put it? Aerial photographers would tell you to find an extremely large penthouse terrace on Sutton Place to show off your prized art work to your higher neighbors. The penthouse at the Pierre Hotel has a very large ballroom but quite small corner terraces with huge urns not filled with oil to ward off assaults. For some, the lure of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon results in loggias and pergolas such as can be found at 1040 Fifth Avenue and 15 Central Park West.

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We know that viewing sunsets is one of life's supreme joys, but there are joys and then are slightly better joys. Architect Le Corbusier is said to have built a country house for his mother with a wall in the field with a hole in it for viewing sunsets-all the better for bringing them into focus and concentration. Let the residents of Battery Park City and Riverside Boulevard and Riverside Drive with unobstructed vistas of the setting sun over New Jersey go blind with their unfiltered exposure. Real Manhattanites know that the best views have something upfront, not necessarily personal, to add some drama. Here are a few of the best buildings to see the sun dip below the horizon.

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