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Top 10 New York City Apartment Buildings to Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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.

#1 - The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street

No Harry Potter could dream up a better castle from which to view the glorious Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Just be careful not to tempt the great dragons along its cast-iron moat fence if they've not been fed recently.  There are, of course, plenty of fireplaces and spooks inside keeping Rosemary's Baby gigly.

  • Two apartments currently for sale from $5,300,000 to $10,500,000

#2 - The Majestic, 115 Central Park West

The twin Art-Deco towers of the Majestic offers birds'-eyes views not only of the parade but also of Bethesda Fountain in the middle of Central Park close to the Boathouse restaurant which might be a little crowded

  • Eight apartments currently for sale from $1,100,000 to $16,900,000

#3 - The Prasada, 50 Central Park West

 With its very grand, formal entrance with four, large, two-story banded columns supporting a cartouche and a semi-circular loggia entrance, this 1907 apartment building lost its original mansard roof in 1919 but still retains its great, large arched windows on the first floor that are perfect for "oohing" at the passing undersides of gigantic balloons

  • One apartment for sale at $7,450,000

#4 - 15 Central Park West

While the vistas of the Thanksgiving Day Parade from this two-building complex are short, they are quite lengthy and fine for the turn around Columbus Circle to Central Park South 

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

#5 - Trump International, 1 Central Park West

 With its prime location at the north end of Columbus Circle, this tower is well positioned to survey the parade's turn from Central Park West to Central Park South

  • Twenty-One apartments currently for sale from $925,000 to $18,995,000

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

 Though this twin-towered, mixed-use development has blocked views of most of Central Park West, it has terrific views of the parade's turn at Columus Circle east to Central Park South 

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

#7 - 200 Central Park South

 The broad curve of this Central Park South Tower affords fine views of the parade as it starts to descend Seventh Avenue

  • Eight apartments currently for sale from $759,000 to $3,500,000

#8 - The Osborne, 205 West 57th Street

 This mighty brownstone fortress resonates with the parade's stately stomp as it prepares to pass Carnegie Hall

  • Six apartments currently for sale from $385,000 to $825,000

#9 - Atlas New York, 66 West 38th Street

When the parade reaches 42nd Street, it veers east one block to Sixth Avenue before continuing south, thus giving residents at the Atlas New York a direct view of the parade as it heads for 34th Street

#10 - Herald Towers, 50 West 34th Street

In 1913, this large and finely detailed building overlooking Herald Square and Macy's and  designed by F. M. Andrews, was erected as the Hotel McAlpin and it was converted to rental apartments in 1999 by JEMB Realty.

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