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What's old is new again - porte-cocheres, traditionally associated with prewar buildings, have become a key amenity in new luxury buildings (The Belnord port cochere; Douglas Elliman) What's old is new again - porte-cocheres, traditionally associated with prewar buildings, have become a key amenity in new luxury buildings (The Belnord port cochere; Douglas Elliman)
The phrase "porte-cochere" comes from the French phrase "carriage porch," and throughout New York, several of the buildings that have these covered entrances or driveways date back to a prewar era when carriages were the main means of conveyance. Cars have long since displaced horses as the dominant means of conveyance, but port-cocheres have become a key feature in New York’s luxury buildings.
The prevalence of the port-cochere, a decidedly car-oriented amenity, has some scratching their heads. At the end of 2019, The New York Times noted that port-cocheres take up more space than most city apartments, and that the city was moving away from car culture. Indeed, new bike lanes and bus lanes were taking shape all over New York even before the first coronavirus case was reported, and the pandemic sped up the transition to a more pedestrian-friendly city with popular initiatives like Open Streets and Open Restaurants. Additionally, in spring 2021, as part of a new package of City Council bills aimed at New York City deliveries, Councilman Antonio Reynoso has suggested that at least 25 percent of available curb space be repurposed as loading zones in residential and commercial zones, which will cut into the number of parking spaces.
At the same time, the new initiatives have put parking at a premium and made it an in-demand amenity for car owners. Port-cochere buildings typically have on-site parking garages, which gives residents one less thing to worry about. Celebrities and other high-profile individuals appreciate the privacy port-cocheres have to offer, and all types of residents appreciate being able to pull right up and unload their luggage, shop ping bags, or other cumbersome items at the entrance with the help of the building’s staff. And even those who don’t own cars appreciate the safety and shelter of a port-cochere, especially during inclement weather. Below, we take a look at the most beautiful port-cocheres in New York City residential buildings and the availabilities inside.


200-East-83rd-Street-02 200 East 83rd Street, #5A (Compass)
From the Listing: Residence 5A is a graceful and generously proportioned one-bedroom with a charming south exposure that runs the entire width of the apartment. With a formal entry gallery, powder room, an open kitchen and a primary bedroom suite with generous closet space and a double vanity, this residence is especially charming, practical, and perfect for entertaining. Abundant light streams in, complementing the tailored interiors by award- winning designer Rottet Studio that are anchored with white oak flooring. See floor plan and full details here.

(Credit: Courtesy of Related Companies)
(Credit: Courtesy of Related Companies)
In the midst of the glassy new architecture along Eleventh Avenue, The Cortland's red brick facade and rusticated limestone base pays tribute to the area's blue-collar roots. The studio through five-bedroom homes will feature "a refined West Coast aesthetic," high-quality natural materials, open-plan living and dining areas, and high ceilings. Amenities will include a private motor court, fitness center, sports court, yoga room, spa with hot tub and cold plunge, music room, screening room, children's playroom, pet spa, event lounge, and common roof terrace. A sales launch is on the horizon, and completion is estimated for later this year.


85-Jay-Street-01 Front & York, #7F-YORK (CIM/LIVWRK)
From the Listing: Residence 7F-YORK is a 1,227-square-foot light-filled two-bedroom and two-bathroom home offering a generously proportioned layout and immense divided light windows that overlook the tranquil double tree-lined streetscape below. Elegant and refined interiors are graced with approximately 10.5-foot ceilings and chevron-patterned white oak flooring. The custom designed chef's kitchen is equipped with a full suite of state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances adding luster to the custom Morris Adjmi designed white oak cabinetry in a tobacco finish and hand-selected Calacatta Caldia marble counter tops and back-splash. The five-fixture primary bathroom is a luxurious oasis that is adorned with Bianco Bello marble stone and radiant heated Grey River marble floors in a chevron pattern. Now offering one year of common charges paid by sponsor! See floor plan and full details here.

Waterline-Square-01 One Waterline Square (Corcoran)

10-Riverside-Boulevard One Waterline Square, #33B (Corcoran)
From the Listing: A rare opportunity to own the last-in-the-line three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom residence at One Waterline Square with direct and endless views of the Hudson River and beyond. This gracious residence features a dramatic corner living/dining room with views of the George Washington Bridge to the north and stunning Hudson River views to the west. The open kitchen allows for easy entertaining, and an adjacent alcove provides the perfect space for a home office. The primary suite features a large walk-in closet, and the elegant primary bathroom has a deep soaking tub, glass enclosed shower with built in marble bench, dual vanity with excellent storage, radiant heated floors and an enclosed water closet. Each of the additional bedrooms enjoy the privacy of an en-suite bathroom, and the powder room is conveniently located in the entry foyer. See floor plan and full details here.

217-West-57th-Street Central Park Tower (Douglas Elliman)
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217-West-57th-Street-02 Central Park Tower, #45B (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Tower three-bedroom with prime park exposures at Central Park Tower! This north-facing, three-bedroom, three and one-half bathroom residence boasts Central Park views from the living/dining room. The formal entry foyer and gallery are fitting for this classic layout featuring soaring ceiling heights. Floor-to-ceiling glass spans the perimeter of the entire residence, filling this home with light. The layout is perfect for entertaining and provides privacy and comfort with en-suite bathrooms as well as a separate powder room for guests. Crafted by renowned Smallbone of Devizes, the gourmet kitchen includes premium Miele appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

151-East-58th-Street One Beacon Court (CityRealty)
158-East-58th-Street-01 One Beacon Court via CityRealty

151-East-58th-Street-02 One Beacon Court, #40D (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing: Residence #40D is located in one of the most prestigious buildings in New York City. This 1,512-square-foot corner unit is one of the finest luxury with truly awe-inspiring views. Enter to your dramatic living room, boasting wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking southern and eastern exposures, endlessly luxurious refined ambiance and custom electric window treatments. Other feature include new washer and dryer, sophisticated central A/C system, elegant hardwood floors, a built-in Sonos music system throughout the entire apartment, and custom electronic window treatments that can be controlled with the push of a button. See floor plan and full details here.

225-West-86th-Street The Belnord

225-West-86th-Street-02 The Belnord, #412 (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: This spectacular two bedroom, two and a half bathroom residence re-envisioned by Robert A.M. Stern Architects boasts 10-foot ceilings, fully restored, oversized mahogany windows, and white oak floors with chevron and plank patterns throughout. The spacious great room flows gracefully into the open kitchen custom-designed by Molteni. Complemented by Calacatta Gold marble countertops, backsplash, and island, the kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances by Gaggenau, a 45-bottle Sub Zero wine refrigerator, and the unique choice of cerused oak or white lacquer custom cabinetry. Privately located at the end of the bedroom gallery, the primary suite features a large walk-in closet and a spa-like windowed bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

432-Park-Avenue-01 432 Park Avenue (Douglas Elliman)

432-Park-Avenue-02 432 Park Avenue, #62B (Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: This incredible residence, located on a higher floor of iconic 432 Park Avenue, designed by architect Rafael Vinoly, offers spectacular views to the west, north, and south. Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, the Hudson River, the Empire State Building, the New York harbor in the distance, and beyond, are captured in spectacular 10' by 10' windows, under soaring 12'6" ceilings. You enter the residence, which occupies a full half floor of the building, via a private elevator entry and gallery, leading to the den or library, and the grand, corner living and dining room. The eat-in kitchen with views overlooking the city and Central Park has marble floors and countertops, cabinetry of lacquer, Miele stainless steel appliances, and Dornbracht polished chrome fixtures. Joe Nahem, an AD100 designer, helped create this masterpiece of a home. See floor plan and full details here.

252-South-Street One Manhattan Square (Evan Joseph)
252-South-Street-01 One Manhattan Square entrance (Extell)

From the Listing: Residence 19D is a 1,123-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom with an open gourmet kitchen and breakfast bar. This spacious corner residence faces southwest and southeast, with spectacular sunrise and sunset views overlooking New York Harbor, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges and One World Trade. Warm, modern interiors are brought to life by the renowned design team at Meyer Davis Studio. This residence features imported stone and custom finishes, premium Miele appliance package, 5" wide stained oak flooring, master bath with custom wood cabinetry, marble tile walls and mosaic floors with radiant heat, under-mount Wetstyle sink with glass vanity top and Dornbracht polished chrome faucets and a washer and dryer. One Manhattan Square offers one of the last 20-year tax abatements available in New York City! See floor plan and full details here.

333-Park-Avenue The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, #3309 (Douglas Elliman)

From the Listing: Own a piece of history at The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. Residence 3309 is a 1,716-square-foot, corner two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath, high floor home facing north and east. The dramatic entry sequence is defined by a richly appointed and oversized lacquered front door with brass inlays, custom burnished bronze fixtures, and marble surround. One enters the residence via traditional key or programmable keyless entry system, and features a fully integrated Concierge Closet - a unique and secure portal for the private delivery of packages, dry cleaning, and room service 24-hours a day. The open living, dining and kitchen area perfectly sets the stage for quiet enjoyment or entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

111-West-57th-Street-01 111 West 57th Street, #28 (Corcoran)

From the Listing: Direct elevator entry leads into a sprawling full-floor, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom Tower Residence that encompasses 4,492 square feet of space on the 28th floor of 111 West 57th Street. The richly detailed finishes are conceived throughout by Studio Sofield and demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to craftsmanship and quality. The formal entry gallery is finished with white macauba stone floors and a dramatic north to south view gallery which leads into the expansive great room highlighted by intricately patterned floors in custom smoke-gray solid oak, 14-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows through which to enjoy the views of Central Park. See floor plan and full details here.

138-East-50th-Street The Centrale (Douglas Elliman)

From the Listing: This expansive two bedroom, two and a half bathroom residence designed by Champalimaud offers north, east and southern exposures through floor-to-ceiling windows. White oak flooring throughout leads from the entry into an open living and dining concept, complete with a chef's kitchen offering honed Capri marble countertops, backsplash, and a waterfall island with room for seating. The kitchen has a refined aesthetic with streamlined custom white oak millwork that seamlessly integrates a full Gaggenau appliance package. See floor plan and full details here.

565-Broome-Street-01 565 Broome Soho (Douglas Elliman)

From the Listing: Unlike any other property in SoHo, 565 Broome SoHo offers the luxury and convenience of a private covered porte cochere with automated parking, expansive views and 17,000 square feet of amenities. This gracious 1,681-square-foot, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom residence with 10' ceilings and 6 inch wide-plank white oak floors throughout, features expansive north and west facing cinematic views of the Manhattan skyline, Hudson River and New York Harbor. A formal entry foyer leads to a breathtaking corner great room and open kitchen ideal for both entertaining and daily living. See floor plan and full details here.

35-Hudson-Yards-01 35 Hudson Yards (Dave Burk via SOM)

From the Listing: This expertly planned three bedroom residence boasts 10'10" ceilings, lavish satin finish wide plank French oak floors, expansive corner Great Room, and stunning views of the Hudson River from every room. The windowed eat-in kitchen has been outfitted with luxurious Smallbone of Devizes cabinetry with opal white marble counters and backsplash. Full suite of Gaggenau appliances, inclusive of a wine fridge and coffee maker, truly make this kitchen extraordinary. The primary bedroom boasts two large walk-in closets and a luxurious windowed bathroom which is wrapped in stunning iceberg quartzite, complete with stunning double vanity with Kinon panels, and full depth soaking tub. See floor plan and full details here.

440-Riverside-Drive-01 The Paterno, #C (Keller Williams)

From the Listing: As you walk into this apartment, you will find a spacious living and sleeping area, that offers you plenty of potential for layouts. Beautiful crown molding envelopes the entire room offering great contrast with the original wood floors, which have just been refinished. The separate kitchen allows enough space for a dining nook, and just beyond you find the windowed bathroom. High ceilings throughout give this unit a light feeling. See floor plan and full details here.

200-East-66th-Street-01 Manhattan House (CityRealty)

200-East-66th-Street-01 Manhattan House, #E707 (Compass)
From the Listing: Spanning 1,707 square feet, E-707 features an impressive scope of custom millwork, thoughtfully designed built ins and storage and a classic yet elevated aesthetic throughout. The great room features 25 feet of south facing frontage and a wall of windows with views of the building's lush garden, the treetops of 65th Street and a massive 22'' x 25'' space perfect for living, dining, entertaining and hosting. A beautiful wall of custom oak millwork conceals a bar, more built-ins and storage and integrated media equipment. The windowed kitchen was recently upgraded and features all new appliances by Viking and Miele, waterfall stone countertops, customized pantry space, a wine refrigerator, garbage disposal and a laundry closet with stacked washer/dryer. See floor plan and full details here.

20-East-End-Avenue 20 East End Avenue (Corcoran)

From the Listing: A timeless residence atop Robert A.M. Stern's 20 East End Avenue, #16A draws inspiration from the grand apartment houses of the early 1900s. The 3,088-square-foot home features three ensuite bedrooms, additional powder room, chef's eat-in kitchen, formal living room and separate dining room, along with sweeping East River and city views. Enter this immaculate residence via keyed elevator directly into the home's private Grand Foyer (there is a private entry door also), exquisitely designed for maximum privacy and enjoyment. Straight ahead is the formal gallery leading into the expansive living room with oversized East River facing bay windows and 11-foot ceilings. The elegant dining room and chef's kitchen are adjacent, delivering a myriad of entertainment possibilities and equally impressive views of the water and beyond. See floor plan and full details here.

435-East-52nd-Street-01 River House (CityRealty)
435-East-52nd-Street-1 River House entrance via Sotheby's

435-East-52nd-Street-02 River House, #9G (Sotheby's International Realty)
From the Listing: An oasis of tranquility high above the East River, the incomparable 5,335-square-foot simplex at the legendary River House provides the most discerning buyer the rare opportunity to acquire a classic prewar apartment, fully renovated to the highest standards. The extraordinary light, magical views and impeccable restoration of the original 1931 Art Deco motifs by noted architect William Lawrence Bottomley combine to create a unique and luxurious aerie. Designer and art ready, Apartment 9G marries classic detail and craftsmanship with a brand new infrastructure, state-of-the-art systems and Level 5 finishes throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

70-Vestry-Street 70 Vestry Street

From the Listing: This luxurious one-of-a-kind home offers grand proportions, luxury amenities, exquisite finishes, state-of-the-art comforts, unmatched private outdoor space and truly spectacular views in every direction. Extraordinary for large-scale entertaining and private living, this rare trophy home is comprised of an astounding 7,808 interior square feet and 3,687 square feet of private terraces on every level with an interior elevator, as well as two chef's kitchens, 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 3 powder rooms. The spectacular, corner formal expanse enjoys 40 feet of unobstructed River views. With River views from most rooms and ceiling heights up to 12'6", this palatial home guarantees stunning sunsets at day's end. The property is a truly rare riverfront penthouse of a caliber that has never, and may never be offered again. See floor plan and full details here.

551-West-21st-Street 551W21

551-West-21st-Street-02 551 West 21st Street, #16B (Compass)
From the Listing: Majestically positioned high above West Chelsea's streetscape and the High Line Park, Apartment 16B offers breath-taking views with sweeping panoramas of the Hudson River, midtown, downtown Manhattan, and beyond. Interiors are by the notable Mark Zeff. Direct elevator access welcomes you to a grand center gallery and a 42 foot wide great room with southern river views, all enhanced by 11-foot ceilings. This impressive expanse is duplicated on the north side of the gallery via the ingenious kitchen and dining room combination, making this 3,860 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath residence light-filled throughout the day. See floor plan and full details here.

21-India-Street The Greenpoint (Corcoran)

21-India-Street-02 The Greenpoint, #35F (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Luxury waterfront living with breathtaking skyline views from above! Equipped with three bedrooms and three full baths, (currently configured as a two-bedroom) this peaceful corner unit welcomes south and west exposures, private outdoor space off the living room with direct waterfront views of the East River and the Manhattan Skyline. Floor-to-ceiling windows perfectly frame the World Trade Center all the way to the Empire state building, offering exceptional double exposure flooding this beautiful home with unparalleled sunlight and mesmerizing views. See floor plan and full details here.


455-Central Park West 455 Central Park West, #23B (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Panoramic views of Central Park and the New York City Skyline are seen from every window. Rarely available, this high floor two bedroom 2.5 bath apartment has a granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances, powder room for guests and large high-ceiling corner living room / dining room over the Park. This apartment is ideal for entertaining or quiet evenings at home. Limestone en-suite bathrooms and washer and dryer. Generous closet space. See floor plan and full details here.

252-East-57th-Street Credit: Albert Vecerka of Esto
252-East-57th-Street-1 Credit: Albert Vecerka of Esto

252-East-57th-Street-02 252 East 57th Street, #57B (Compass)
From the Listing: This architectural gem features 3,003 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 3 ensuite bathrooms, and powder room. Majestically perched on the 57th floor with distinctive curves of a sculptural glass curtain wall, and 11' foot ceiling heights brings unique definition and flow to the living space while framing panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, Central Park and the East River. The residence's interiors feature a dine-in kitchen with views of the East River designed by Daniel Romualdez and Eggersmann with luxurious finishes which include white HanStone glass quartz countertops and backsplash, horizontal-grain walnut cabinetry, and Miele appliances. See floor plan and full details here.


160-Leroy-Street-02 160 Leroy Street, #NORTH11C (The Modlin Group)
From the Listing: Exceptional in every way, this stunning 1,728-square-foot, two bedroom, two and a half bath residence sets a new standard and is unlike any property offered in Manhattan. Designed for a modern lifestyle and allowing for seamless flow of living to dining, the open living area is accessed via a long south-facing gallery which streams charming light all day. The great room boasts triple exposure with views to the south, east and gorgeous sunset river views to the northwest. See floor plan and full details here.


50-United-Nations-Plaza-02 50 United Nations Plaza, #17B (Nest Seekers)
From the Listing: This exquisite residence is an expansive and elegant family sized 3,004-square-foot home comprised of a fully equipped chef's kitchen, three grand bedrooms and ultra chic and separate dramatic corner dining area, three bathrooms, one powder room and private laundry room. The eastern side of the residence spans over an exceptional and dramatic 50 linear feet with grand scale 11-foot floor to ceiling windows directly facing unobstructed serene river views. The gorgeous light and vistas dazzle throughout the day and the big sky and bright city lights enchant throughout evening from every room. See floor plan and full details here.


40-East-End-Avenue-02 40 East End Avenue, #PH17 (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Penthouse 17 is an exquisite full floor, four-bedroom, 4.5 bathroom penthouse designed by renowned architect Deborah Berke Partners. Spanning approximately 3,237 square feet, this generously scaled residence features direct elevator access, 11 foot ceilings, oversize casement windows, custom moldings, 8 foot doorways, white oak flooring, and private laundry room. The luxurious open chef's kitchen boasts high-gloss lacquer painted Italian cabinetry complemented by hand-selected Italian Arabescato Cervaiole marble slabs and a gracious kitchen island for entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

15-Central-Park-West-1 All images of 15 Central Park West via Compass

15-Central-Park-West-02 15 Central Park West, #5B (Compass)
From the Listing: Located in the highly coveted 'House' at 15 Central Park West with just one neighboring residence, this stunning 8-room home boasts 3,486 square feet of living space and almost 50-feet of Central Park frontage with the dazzling backdrop of 'Billionaire's Row.' Ample sunlight streams into the apartment from the living room, formal dining room and primary bedroom. This masterpiece includes 10-foot ceilings, oak herringbone hardwood floors, 4 large bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a massive separate dining room/5th bedroom, sumptuous eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and a dedicated laundry room. See floor plan and full details here.


525-West-27th-Street-02 Jardim, #PH11A (Douglas Elliman)
From the listing: The ultimate crown jewel atop Jardim Norte, Casa de Jardim: 11A is a custom Isay Weinfeld masterpiece with glorious open city and Hudson River views and soaring 12-foot ceilings throughout, offering an attention to detail rarely found in new development. A magnificent tribute to indoor/outdoor living, Casa de Jardim’s 4,552 perfectly appointed interior square feet are met with an astonishing 4,593 square feet of private outdoor space, comprised of four separate terraces and a dramatic full-floor private rooftop complete with a 32-foot pool. See floor plan and further details here.

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