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CityRealty's residential architecture expert, Carter B. Horsley, has reviewed and compiled definitive Top 10 lists for every aspect of New York City apartment living and architecture. If you're looking for the right New York City apartment building with the best of something special you want in a home, or you just need to know who has the most spectacular rooftop decks in the city or the most incredible gargoyles, the CityRealty Top 10 lists let you know where it's at.
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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.View List
Thanksgiving Day in New York City is usually bitterly chilly. For those not prepared to bundle up and brave the crowds, nothing could be better than watching the always fabulous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from apartments along the route. Of course, we are talking about watching it live, out the window, not on the television. The best views are not always from the penthouses but from mid-building-an up-close-and-personal perspective that most pedestrians can't appreciate.View List
The Top 10 Midtown East condos are some of the most prestigious in the city because of their prime locations. Trump Tower, Olympic Tower and the Galleria at 117 East 57th Street all took advantage of new zoning provisions aimed at promoting mixed-use skyscrapers.View List
The Top 10 New York City condos west of Broadway on the Upper West Side are surprisingly pretty fairly split between pre- and post-war apartment buildings and those on Riverside Drive, Riverside Boulevard and West End Avenue. The top building is The Heritage at Trump Place at 245 Riverside Boulevard at the base of Riverside Drive because of its commanding vistas both of Riverside Park and the Hudson River. 222 Riverside Drive takes top honor for Riverside Drive because it gracefully mimics its pre-ward cohorts on the elegant thoroughfare. 640 West End Avenue reminds us that West End Avenue is the city's most cohesive and elegant avenue with fine pre-war buildings on both sides of the two-way street.View List
When it comes to envy-inducing luxury and architecture, one doesn't need to lok further than the West Side. Filled with modern and classic gems, here you'll find the city's most-coverable condos, which as you may have guessed, are havens for the rich, famous and global elite.View List
Macy's 4th of July fireworks display is a sight to be seen. Many people swarm along the FDR Drive to get a better view, but if you really want a unique spot to view this East River spectacle, there's really no better place than from a rooftop (or penthouse) perch high above the city.View List
There is something intangible about a driveway that adds glamour to a New York City apartment building. Perhaps it's the fact that residents and guests don't have to hurdle puddles in their party dresses. Perhaps it's because the hoi polloi, and the paparazzi, can be often kept at bay, at least psychologically, from penetrating too deeply onto the driveway's sidewalk. Whatever it is, there is a mystique and elegance that is tangible.View List
Lobbies in many of NYC's apartment buildings pack in a lot of surprises; no Plain-Jane-Brown-Paper-Wrapper spaces are these! We're talking gilded mosaic barrel vaults conjuring St. Mark's in Venice, and angled, multi-level spaces with soaring atriums and babbling brooks. Also expect to find huge coat rooms overlooking gardens and the East River, and cavernous halls fit for pharaohs!View List
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.View List
This list of pre-war NYC apartment buildings is the the la creme de la creme of luxury living. If you can manage a home in one of the opulent structures, what you'll get is very solid and quiet construction, crisp and prompt service, impeccable location, intriguing fellow residents, and an architectural masterpiece. All-in-all, a delectable, irresistible, urban stew.View List