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Top 10 Most Prestigious New York City Condos

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.

#1 - 220 Central Park South

This 953-foot-high tower is about as refined as a svelte and teetering residential building can be even if it is not the tallest of the city’s new crop of SuperTalls.  Robert A. M. Stern, its architect, just gets better with his very elegant apartment buildings that give such a good name to Post-Modern design that they are better than what they lavishly and slavishly imitate.  The builder, Vornado, changed directions despite its success with the brash but crisp, mixed-use One Beacon Court on the full block south of Bloomingdale’s.

#2 - 432 Park Avenue

This sheer beanstalk of really smooth concrete facades and giant square windows designed by Rafael Vinoly and built by Harry Macklowe threatened to be awesome but boring until they turned on the lights at night on its five, two-story-high, wind vents that convert the building into the city’s magic wand. While not the first of the new generation of SuperTalls, its off-center location gave it a lot of prominence during its reign as the city’s tallest residential skyscraper.

  • Eleven apartments currently for sale from $11,995,000 to $41,000,000

#3 - The Woolworth Tower Residences, 2 Park Place

Philip Johnson once said this was his favorite skyscraper and now that Alchemy Properties has dusted it off in the renaissance of Lower Manhattan this “Cathedral of Commerce” is regaining its proper respect as a pinnacle of residential perches.  Designed by Cass Gilbert for Frank Woolworth, the 5 and dime king, is no mere Gothic-style office tower but a bedazzling mix of offices and residences in eyries overlooking City Hall.


  • Six apartments currently for sale from $3,495,000 to $21,325,000

#4 - The Four Seasons Private Residences, 30 Park Place

It is daunting to crowd the sensational Woolworth, but Larry Silverstein is a pro and not wedded forever to his handsome, glassy towers.  Furthermore, he noticed that Robert A. M. Stern had great respect for history given his leadership in authoring the 5-volume series on New York architecture and urbanism since the 1880s and therefore would be gentle towards the Woolworth with a new tower on the same block.


  • Nineteen apartments currently for sale from $1,225,000 to $30,000,000

#5 - 15 Central Park West

The Zeckendorf family, now led by brothers William and Arthur, has long pioneered rejuvenating neighborhoods and with this very classy, full-block development, designed by Robert A. M. Stern, established new highs for pricing genuine luxury apartments and expanding the dreams of other developers to try to follow suit.


  • Sixteen apartments currently for sale from $4,495,000 to $55,000,000

Brand new condos starting at $1.325M with hotel-style amenities. View Property
Waterfront condos starting at $1.350M. Immediate Occupancy. View Property

#6 - The Plaza, 1 Central Park South

Since it opened in 1907, this dowager and stately hotel has been the epicenter of elegance in the city with its views of Central Park, the Pulitzer Fountain, the aroma of horse-drawn carriages, and the Vanderbilt mansion on 58th Street that was replaced by the more accessible but no less sophisticated Bergdorf Goodman store.  After it was acquired in 2008 by El Ad Properties, it was converted to 181 condominium apartments and 282 hotel rooms.  The French Renaissance chateau style building was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh.  Its famous “Oak Bar” where Cary Grant was mistaken for a government agent in “North by Northwest” is no longer open for drinks and the great Trader Vic’s Polynesian restaurant with its exotic drinks has long since left the basement but the food hall that replaced it subsequently has really wonderful pizza.


  • Nineteen apartments currently for sale from $1,350,000 to $24,995,000

#7 - 56 Leonard Street

This tall residential skyscraper a bit north of City Hall and west of Foley Square is noted for its dramatically jutting form near its top and the large silver globular sculpture by Anish Kapoor at its base.  It was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, which designed 40 Bond Street that is famed for its “graffiti” fence in NoHo, and the “Bird's Nest” stadium at the Olympics held in Beijing.


  • Seventeen apartments currently for sale from $2,975,000 to $29,500,000

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

The apartments in the north tower of what was originally the Time Warner Center designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for The Related Cos., are in the city’s best mixed-use complex.  The complex has a sumptuous Mandardin Oriental Hotel, a large jazz facility for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, CNN TV studios, the best Whole Foods store in the city, and many other stores.


  • Five apartments currently for sale from $6,250,000 to $14,250,000

#9 - 165 Charles Street

The southernmost of the trio of clean-cut, modern, mid-rise towers facing the Hudson River in the West Village was designed by Richard Meier, who also designed its interiors.  It has views of Lower Manhattan that the other two buildings do not have and the trio did much to enhance the desirability of downtown’s mostly landmark Hudson River neighborhoods and for kindling in 2005 a new era of architecturally interesting residential projects in the city that would blossom on Bond Street and around the High Line in Chelsea.  Richard Born, Ira Duckier and Charles Blaichman build the first two buildings of this trio and this was developed by Izak Senbahar and Simon Elias.


  • Five apartments currently for sale from $1,550,000 to $53,000,000

#10 - One57, 157 West 57th Street

This 1,004-foot-tall mixed-use building is notable for its curved rooflines, its wavy canopies, its 210-room Park Hyatt Hotel, its 65 rental apartments and 92 condominium apartments.  The tower, which was designed by Christian de Portzamparc for Extell Development, was the first of the city’s “SuperTalls” on what came to be called “Billionaires’ Row” along the 57th Street corridor.  It has a mottled blue fenestration pattern and is across from Carnegie Hall.


  • Sixteen apartments currently for sale from $3,595,000 to $60,000,000

Brand new condos starting at $1.325M with hotel-style amenities. View Property
Waterfront condos starting at $1.350M. Immediate Occupancy. View Property
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Spacious 1 Bedrooms with outdoor space and in-residence w/d View Property
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