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Top 10 Inspiring Manhattan Apartment Buildings

For those aficionados of New York City real estate, the Holy Grail is in a building that dramatically changed a neighborhood, inspiring others to construct new edifices to partake in the pioneer’s splendiferous aura of discovery and influence, and presumably riches.  These heroic structures, of course, need not be architectural masterpieces, nor provide the developers with pots of gold.  They simply must be pathfinders, redefining and rearranging boundaries.  In New York City, many actually happened to be wonderful buildings that would have sparkled anywhere.     

#1 - 998 Fifth Avenue

 The city's first truly luxurious apartment building worthy of a Medici and that's not hype!

#2 - The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street

 Ah, it's out West, man, like in the Dakotas.  Why do you think it looks like a giant fortress, with a moat with dragon fences and a guardhouse?

  • Six apartments currently for sale from $1,695,000 to $20,500,000

#3 - River House, 435 East 52nd Street

It lost its yacht marina to the FDR Drive and the Dead End Kids finally moved out of the neighborhood, which is now quite ritz thanks to the elegance emanating from this Art Deco masterpiece.

  • Eight apartments currently for sale from $3,750,000 to $18,500,000

#4 - Manhattan House, 200 East 66th Street

With its wonderfully large garden, its see-through lobbies, its curving driveways and entrances, why should this robust, modern and handsome, glazed-brick, full-block residential development not inspire hundreds of bad imitators

  • Fourteen apartments currently for sale from $1,475,000 to $8,250,000

#5 - Worldwide Plaza 3, 393 West 49th Street

Just when the world was about to give up on Times Square, the Zeckendorfs took over the squalid former site of Madison Square Garden on Eighth Avenue at 50th Street and entice some major Class-A office tenants to move dramatically west and in the process saved the West Side with this stupendously attractive full-block, mixed-use project.

  • Seven apartments currently for sale from $575,000 to $1,449,000

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#6 - 2 Tudor City Place

The crown jewel of Fred F. French's Tudor City apartment complex at the far east end of 42nd Street, this brown-brick tower has a spectacular terracotta top triplex apartment facing midtown rather than the slaughterhouses to the east that the United Nations would later replace. 

  • Seven apartments currently for sale from $675,000 to $1,249,000

#7 - Liberty Tower, 55 Liberty Street

One of the great skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, this33-story, Gothic Revival-style tower was erected in 1910 and designed by Henry Ives Cobb and for many years served as the headquarters of the Sinclair Oil Company.  In 1979, Joseph Pell Lombardi single-handedly started the residential conversion of much of the Wall Street neighborhood when he converted this tower to a cooperative apartment building.


  • Three apartments currently for sale from $1,695,000 to $2,725,000

#8 - Zeckendorf Towers, 1 Irving Place

For decades, this site, across from Luchow's, Julian's Billiards Academy, and Arata Isozaki's Palladium discotheque, all great unofficials landmarks now gone, was occupied by S. Klein's on the Square, where ladies who did not lunch stalked its sloping, creaking floors for bargain dresses that have not yet been honored by The Costume Institute.  Besides, it fronted on Union Square Park that had become the city's open-air emporium of illicit drugs.  To the rescue, William Zeckendorf and his family redeveloped the full block with four residential towers and saved not only Union Square, but also the Flatiron District.

  • Six apartments currently for sale from $849,000 to $3,600,000

#9 - London Terrace, 405 -465 West 23rd Street

One can quibble about the aesthetics of some major projects such as Zeckendorf Towers or even the "white brick" mass of Manhattan House, but London Terrace would nicely grace any neighborhood in London and it is the "soul" of Chelsea and a wonderful design prototype for all of the city's somewhat drab public housing projects.

#10 - Residences at the Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle

  • Eight apartments currently for sale from $7,500,000 to $26,950,000

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