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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!
In the coming weeks, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to determine whether to designate the lobby at 200 Madison Avenue a New York City Landmark. Located in an understated commercial building designed by Warren & Wetmore, the lobby features a 200-foot-long through-block arcade, polished marble walls, vaulted ceiling with rosettes, brass-framed doors and elevators, and floral mosaics.
Andrea Goldwyn, director of public policy at the New York Landmarks Conservancy, calls the lobby “a reminder of the distinct attraction office buildings can provide.” However, a number of residential buildings’ lobbies could also double as New York City attractions. A number of commercial conversions have gone to great lengths to restore historic details in their lobbies, while newer construction seeks to demonstrate luxurious materials from the moment residents walk in.
100 barclay Lobby The extraordinary lobby of Ralph Walker's Barclay-Vessey Building (100 Barclay) which has been partially converted into an amenity space for residents.
In either instance, the lobby creates a powerful first impression and sets the tone for the rest of the building. It also presents the chance to convey a sense of security in the form of attended desks and package rooms, not to mention create a special experience for residents and guests alike. High-end finishes and furnishings have become the norm, and some new residential buildings have incorporated libraries, coffee bars, and/or courtyard access into their lobbies to further promote the lobby as a gathering space.
While the historic lobbies at The Woolworth Tower Residences and 100 Barclay Tribeca were restored to their former glory during the residential conversions, they do not appear below because they are not the main residential lobbies in their respective buildings. These lobbies, however, are the first thing certain lucky residents see upon arriving home.

28 East 10th Street
3 availabilities from $2.05M

Emery Roth is best known for his landmarked cooperatives lining Central Park West, but the downtown Devonshire House is every bit as rich in the architectural details of its uptown counterparts. Just as the look of the building was inspired by London's official Devonshire house, the Elizabethan-style lobby nods to Old World elegance with high, detailed ceilings, sleek floors, and arched windows overlooking a courtyard garden.
From the Listing: Rarely available, pristine and elegant one bedroom condominium located in one of the most prestigious buildings in Greenwich Village. This home features a 24 foot long living room with a wall of windows facing the beautifully landscaped inner courtyard. There is a generously sized, windowed eat-in chef's galley kitchen outfitted with custom cabinets, marble countertops, polished nickel hardware, a Wolf stove, Bosch dishwasher and a Sub-Zero fridge. Rich crown moldings throughout the residence create an elegant palate for both contemporary and traditional furnishing styles. See floor plan and full details here.

210 West 90th Street
2 availabilities from $995K

The through-block Astor Court is the epitome of Upper West Side elegance, and its Renaissance Revival lobby lives up to that reputation. Vaulted ceilings convey a sense of grandeur, and magnificent arched windows look out on the massive private garden.
From the Listing: Move right into this grand one bedroom at the legendary Astor Court. Enter into an oversized entry foyer (with walk-in closet) where all rooms radiate. The living room has custom built-ins for extra storage. The beautifully renovated windowed kitchen is top of the line-high end appliances include Sub-Zero fridge with ice maker, Viking gas range, Bosch dishwasher and Dacor microwave. Add in filtered hot and cold water along with a deep stainless under mount sink plus, blond wood cabinetry with granite counters and mosaic tile back splash help complete this stunning kitchen. The windowed bathroom sits just outside the bedroom so guest don't have to walk through your bedroom for use. See floor plan and full details here.

The Zaha Hadid-designed 520 West 28th Street makes a dramatic statement both inside and out. The double-height lobby presents the same curves and angles that characterize the building, and the furnishings are designed to enhance the interior design. The windows look out on the building's private garden.
From the Listing: Grand and loft-like, this generously-scaled home measures 2,927 square feet interior and 198 square feet exterior. The extraordinary 650 square foot Great Room boasts lovely southeast views of the Chelsea skyline, the High Line, and the verdant new sculpture garden - with a perfect balcony to soak it all in. The separate kitchen by Boffi with Gaggenau appliances opens onto a gracious family room to offer an ideal informal living space. A luxurious primary suite with dual walk-in closets plus three additional bedrooms with en-suite baths, wet bar, utility room, powder room, and overscaled art walls perfect this remarkable home. See floor plan and full details here.

Downtown by Starck is Philippe Starck’s residential conversion of the Equitable Trust Building and the original headquarters of J.P. Morgan. A 1,900-piece Louis XV chandelier that once hung in the banking hall has been installed as a work of art in the lobby, which also features beamed ceilings and ornately patterned floors.
From the Listing: Designed to perfection, this 1,407-square-foot loft is functional, stylish and impressive. This bright home faces west and consists of a proper main suite and a generously sized elevated home office, which seamlessly functions as a second bedroom or den. The large living/dining room faces west, and captures the bright glow of afternoon sunlight. The main bedroom is spacious enough for king-sized furniture, and offers generous custom closet space. The home office has a clever glass partition, which gives a wonderful sense of openness to the entire space, and allows bright sunlight to fill the room. For the inspired chef, the kitchen is finished with white quartz counters, Bosch cook-top and oven, deep sink with disposal, and a Jenn-Air refrigerator with filtered drinking water. See floor plan and full details here.

303 East 57th Street
30 availabilities from $259K

303-East-57th-Street-01 Excelsior lobby via Corcoran
The Excelsior is a high-rise with sumptuous amenities, starting with the residential lobby accessed via the building’s port-cochere. Rich materials, well-thought plantings, and seating nooks offer a welcoming atmosphere and a promising preview of the apartments and amenities upstairs.
303-East-57th-Street-02 Interiors via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: This is a wonderful sun-filled recently renovated split two bedroom, two bath apartment with south and east exposures. There is a very large living room and dining area that you enter into from an oversized entry foyer. Off the living room is a large south balcony. The windowed kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a washer/dryer. There are gorgeous new wood floors throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

30 East 29th Street
10 availabilities from $1.5M

In an interview, Nancy Ruddy said of Rose Hill, “When you walk in and see the lobby, it is meant to be a space that welcomes.” Indeed, this space masterfully encapsulates the building’s goal of presenting a contemporary building with tributes to classic New York design. The mural tips its hat to the murals at Rockefeller Center, and the lobby was designed with hand-rubbed walnut walls and earth-toned stone floors in a pattern inspired by the 1930s and 1940s. The fireplace, seating areas, and library take it beyond a walk-through space to a social space for residents.
From the Listing: Residence 29B is an 803-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bath with a fantastic northern view overlooking iconic architecture. Flexible by design, the floor plan allows for an oversized studio or a one bedroom. Interiors boast rusticated hardwood floors, bronze-finished hardware, and soaring 11-foot ceilings with window heights of nine feet. The open kitchen with Miele appliances features custom ultra-matte, dark charcoal woodwork, metal-framed glass upper cabinetry, and Calacatta honed marble countertops. Ample closet space and washer/dryer complete this ideal home, which can be augmented with storage available at additional cost. See floor plan and full details here.

205 West 76th Street
1 availability for $1.5M

For all its resemblance to classic Upper West Side architecture, The Harrison is a fairly new, LEED certified condominium designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and offering the array of amenities the modern buyer has come to expect. Among them is an attended lobby with a fireplace, dramatic arches, and prewar-inspired details.
205-West-76th-Street-02 Interiors via Corcoran
From the Listing: 8C is a spacious home complete with 10-foot ceilings and oversized windows that overlook Amsterdam Avenue and bring in amazing natural light in both the living space and bedroom. The kitchen is a great space for any entertainer or chef with its open concept that allows you to seat all your guests comfortably while having more than enough counter space to prepare your meal. Finished with top-of-the-line appliances including, a Viking range, oven, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, this kitchen is a step above. See floor plan and full details here.

70-Pine-Street-01 All images of 70 Pine Street via Rose Associates
When 70 Pine Street was built as the headquarters for the Cities Services Company, it was the third-tallest building in the world. Today it is one of the most amenity-rich rentals in the Financial District, starting with the Art Deco lobby. This interior space has been declared a New York City Landmark, and artful aluminum details may be found throughout.
From the Listing: Historic, iconic, and stylish, 70 Pine Street offers an exceptional living experience. Offering oversized studio, alcove studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments with condo level finishes, giant walk in closets, and in apartment washer/dryers. The building also features 2 floors of amenities including La Palestra Fitness and Wellness center, game room, children's playroom, screening room, bowling alley, golf simulator, Black Fox Coffee Shop and City Acres Market & Food Hall. See floor plan and full details here.

141 East 3rd Street
3 availabilities from $799K

The stone floors and ornate details of Ageloff Towers’ lobby would not be out of place in uptown buildings. However, its address in the East Village sets it apart and makes it one of the most luxurious residential buildings in its downtown neighborhood.
From the Listing: Quiet and bright with generous proportions, this beautifully renovated prewar corner home with 9'2" beamed ceilings features a gracious entry foyer preceding a large north-facing living room with a separate area for dining. The dining area easily accommodates a table that seats six. The thoughtfully designed windowed kitchen is appointed with stainless appliances, granite countertops and classic white cabinetry. Details include a large pass thru to the living room, a counter-depth breakfast nook, an endless amount of countertop workspace and incredible storage. The sunny, oversized west-facing bedroom easily accommodates a king bed, has a large custom built-in on the south wall and offers views overlooking the East Village. The renovated windowed bathroom has been finished in white tile and features a gorgeous prewar porcelain pedestal sink and the original prewar cast iron bathtub. See floor plan and full details here.

41 Eastern Parkway
2 availabilities from $2M

Copley Plaza dates back to the prewar era, and retains much of its grandeur in the modern age. A full-time doorman is on staff in the meticulously restored Art Deco lobby, which features luxurious materials, arched entryways, a stately chandelier, and beautifully detailed ceiling.
From the Listing: This updated classic apartment has been lovingly maintained to preserve the iconic, Art Deco charm. Enter this sophisticated apartment into a grand foyer that seamlessly flows into living and dining making it an ideal entertaining space. Featuring a classic layout, the massive living room is bright with south-facing windows allowing the light to pour in over the trees across the street. The formal dining room easily seats ten and the adjacent chef's kitchen is a cook's dream. The former maid's room with a half bath and washer/dryer is located directly off the kitchen and can easily be used as a fourth bedroom, office, or Peloton/fitness room. The three larger bedrooms are down a gracious hallway from the living area providing privacy and great separation of space. See floor plan and full details here.

888-Main-Street-01 The Octagon via Evan Joseph
When The Octagon was converted from a mental institution to a contemporary rental, the lobby was carefully restored to show its original design. The sleek decor and clean lines are in line with modern sensibilities, but the staircases going up the historic rotunda make a dramatic statement.

Ocean is the residential conversion of the Whitehall Building, as designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh. While the apartments and amenities are consistent with those in new developments throughout the city, the Venetian-style lobby is of a caliber not frequently found in rentals. The arched ceilings and Italian frescoes have been beautifully restored.

Not only is the Waldorf Astoria hotel a New York City Landmark, but its Park Avenue lobby also enjoys protected status. As a result, its murals and floor mosaic were meticulously restored during the conversion to a hotel and condominium. The private residential lobby’s opulent materials, towering columns, and dedicated staff are easily on a part with the historic hotel.
From the Listing: Own a piece of history at The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. Residence 2317 is a 995-square-foot one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath home facing north over landmarked St. Bartholomew's Cathedral and world-famous Park Avenue. The dramatic entry sequence of every residence is defined by a richly appointed and oversized lacquered front door with brass inlays, custom burnished bronze fixtures, and marble surround. One accesses the residence via traditional key or programmable keyless entry system, and will have a fully integrated Concierge Closet - a unique and secure portal for the private delivery of packages, dry cleaning, and room service by a dedicated staff 24 hours a day. Bespoke details throughout the home include cove moldings, solid interior doors, drapery and shade pockets and 4" cerused white-oak herringbone floors. See floor plan and full details here.

425 West 50th Street
3 availabilities from $3M

Stella Tower was originally constructed in 1927 for the New York Telephone Company, and many of the prewar details and Art Deco ornamentation were restored to their former glory during its conversion to residential. This can be seen in its attended lobby with terrazzo floors, ornate metalwork, and a dramatic circular chandelier.
From the Listing: Stunning city views, private terrace, smart floor plan, and modern, bespoke finishes define this rare offering of Penthouse C at Stella Tower, a coveted pre-war conversion. Perched high on the corner of the 17th floor, a proper foyer welcomes you to this chic home, leading to an open and bright entertaining space. With 10' ceilings, oak floors and oversized stylish black mullioned windows featuring wide open views, the living and dining area is inviting and comfortable. The open kitchen was custom designed by Smallbone of Devizes custom cabinetry with Miele appliances and ample storage space. From your private terrace enjoy iconic Manhattan views both north and east. A spacious powder room for guests, full size Bosch washer/dryer, and custom outfitted coat closet complete the main space. The split bedroom floor plan allows for maximum privacy. See floor plan and full details here.

Indoor/outdoor living has enjoyed newfound appreciation as of late, but 1088 Park Avenue was an early adopter: The lobby’s large, double-height windows look out on a large private garden.

While the exteriors of 108 Leonard are a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, the interiors have been transformed to meet the standards of today’s buyers. This includes a grand, double-height lobby with ornate materials, a mezzanine overlooking the main floor, and luxurious seating areas.
From the Listing: This 863-square-foot 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath residence features unrivaled quality and composition. Upon arrival, the entry gallery, with a closet, leads to an exceptional Great Room with dramatic windows. This particular residence is finished in the Sand palette and features wide plank blond oak flooring arranged in a chevron pattern. The open Scavolini Kitchen has been custom designed by Jeffrey Beers International exclusively for 108 Leonard and features a waterfall island and Arabescato Cervaiole marble countertops and backsplash. Generously proportioned, the kitchen is outfitted with premium Miele appliances including a 4 -burner gas cooktop with vented hood, convection oven and electric speed oven/microwave, and wine refrigerator. The primary suite boasts large windows and a well-appointed en suite bathroom with high-honed Calacatta Mandria marble floors and walls. See floor plan and full details here.

The condo development at 111 West 57th Street is a combination of the landmarked Steinway Hall and a soaring, skinny new tower. This is perhaps best exemplified by the building’s lobby - the wood flooring was preserved from Steinway Hall, and the opulent limestone, marble, blackened steel, and velvet accents offer the luxurious atmosphere today’s buyer likes to see.
From the Listing: This expansive 3,601-square-foot residence with three bedrooms and four and a half baths features beautiful proportions, a formal dining room and windowed library. A formal entrance foyer features a white macauba stone floor and an exquisite powder room finished in jewel onyx. The kitchen boasts a wet bar and custom hand-crafted cabinetry, with countertop and backsplash in Cristallo Gold quartzite. Top-of-the-line appliances by Gaggenau include convection, steam and speed ovens, an integrated coffee maker and zoned, refrigerated wine storage. The kitchen opens into a well-proportioned formal dining room with bright western exposures and a niche with elegantly coved wall ideal for a breakfast nook or banquette. The expansive corner living room spanning over 36 feet has exposures to the south and west, with custom smoke gray solid oak floors in a traditional parquet pattern. See floor plan and full details here.

440 Riverside Drive
No current availabilities

Even with flashy new construction taking shape throughout the area, The Paterno remains a premier Upper West Side building. Its lobby may have something to do with it: The marble floors and walls, stained glass ceiling, and graceful curves are a reminder of a bygone era.

1016 Fifth Avenue
1016 Fifth Avenue is situated on a block of impressive prewar cooperatives, but none with such an impressive marble lobby. The detailed ceilings, grand entryways, and seating areas are indicative of the level of luxury and service residents can expect.
From the Listing: With its captivating views of the majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art and the lush Fifth Avenue tree-line from oversized windows in two primary rooms, Apartment 5B at 1016 Fifth Avenue, has it all. A large marble entrance foyer is adjacent to two beautifully proportioned reception rooms and creates a dramatic sense of arrival. This open and airy apartment boasts superb light from more than 35 linear feet of direct Fifth Avenue frontage. The spacious and elegant living room belies the scale of the grand floorplan and features a hand-carved marble mantelpiece, herringbone parquet floors, and lovely views of the museum, gardens and fountains below. The foyer also adjoins a sumptuous dining room, which features inlaid flooring and which can easily accommodate fourteen. See floor plan and full details here.

565 Broome Street
7 availabilities from $1.8M

In the heart of Hudson Square, 565 Broome Soho sets new architectural and lifestyle standards for this formerly industrial neighborhood. The attended lobby opens up to a landscaped outdoor terrace, and interiors present dramatic columns and a library.
From the Listing: A gracious foyer invites you inside the 1,681-square-foot home to reveal 10-foot-tall ceilings, wide-plank white oak floors and premium stone throughout. Relax and entertain in the expansive, nearly 700-square-foot Great Room where postcard vistas and bold columns create a thrilling backdrop. Chefs will love the designer, open kitchen's white oak cabinetry, Basaltina countertops, Zucchetti fixtures and integrated Miele appliances, including a vented gas cooktop, a combination microwave/speed oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher and wine refrigerator. The owner's suite welcomes you with south-facing views, two custom closets, and en suite spa bathroom finished with a Muse by Kos soaking tub, a walk-in rain shower, private water closet and floating double vanity surrounded by Calacatta Caldia marble slab walls. See floor plan and full details here.

253 West 73rd Street
1 availability for $1.4M

Before The Level Club was converted to a condominium, it was constructed as the Level Club of the Masonic Order and said to have secret symbols throughout its architecture. While we can neither confirm nor deny that, we can say for sure that the double-height lobby, with its stylish adornments and balcony, is one of the city’s most impressive. It was the only interior space not to be demolished during the residential conversion.
From the Listing: This newly renovated apartment features a stunning chef’s kitchen with Wolf cook-top/oven/exhaust system, Miele Dishwasher, Sub-Zero, and Sharp drawer microwave oven replete with a 34-bottle Miele dual zone wine storage. The custom cabinets are finished in white lacquer and bounded by gorgeous Dekton slab counters. Abundant storage throughout the apartment with linen closest/laundry perfectly tucked away in the entry foyer. When you walk up to your bedroom it is wrapped with his and hers closets, en-suite bathroom with stall shower. This apartment has high ceilings and central heat and air conditioning with Google Nest systems installed. See floor plan and full details here.

Up the street from The Sherry Netherland (see below), The Pierre is another New York City icon with upper-level apartments above the historic hotel rooms. From the painted ceiling to the ornate carvings to the parquet floors, no detail has been overlooked.
From the Listing: Residence 2704, located on a high floor of the mythical five-star Hotel Pierre, features south, west, and northern exposures which allows for breathtaking Central Park and legendary skyline views. Stunning vistas of sunset and daybreak light emanate from the primary bedroom, second bedroom and living room. Custom designed millwork by David Linley include parquet floors, closets, book shelves, doors, paneling, boiserie, and crown molding using ebony that was then polished with added black polish. Renovation and Interior Design by renowned English Decorator Anouska Hempel compliment and elevate this grand and gracious home to the highest level. Rarely available in the Pierre, this tower floor contains only two private apartments, which could be combined to create a double corner full floor 5 Bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms with over 50 feet of frontage on the park and approximately 4,200 square feet of luxurious interior. See floor plan and full details here.

1 Central Park South
23 availabilities from $999K

Residents of the condo component of The Plaza enter the building via a separate entrance from hotel guests, but all have access to the lobby. Its soaring ceilings, marble finishes, mosaic floors, dramatic chandeliers, and gold-colored trimmings have figured into many movie scenes, not to mention many Instagram posts.
From the Listing: Welcome to apartment 608 at the prestigious Plaza Residences, a special opportunity to own a piece of New York City's iconic and storied history. The spacious 782-square-foot home boasts soaring 11-foot ceilings and vaulted windows that look out into the Plaza Gardens and fountain. Classic details like crown molding, wainscoting, and solid oak herringbone floors are smartly complemented by modern upgrades including recessed lighting, custom motorized shades, multizone central HVAC, and a brand new washer/dryer. The open chef's kitchen is outfitted in Nero Maquinna marble countertops with a Calcutta marble mosaic tile backsplash and is equipped with a suite of Viking and Miele appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

781 Fifth Avenue
7 availabilities from $650K

Whether checking into the Sherry Netherland hotel or going up to an apartment, one enters the New York City Landmark through a barrel-vaulted lobby topped with a ceiling mural based on Raphael’s frescoes at the Vatican Palace. The mural dates back to the 1920s, but was beautifully restored in 2014.
From the Listing: This exquisitely appointed corner 2-bedroom 2 bath is perched on the 28th floor in the Tower of The Sherry-Netherland, a top full-service co-op with unique advantages found almost nowhere else! This apartment enjoys sweeping picturesque views west and north over Central Park and the iconic architecture of Central Park South, Central Park West and Fifth Avenue. Stepping off the manned elevator cab onto your semi-private landing, old world charm abounds. The ornate entry foyer gives way to the stunning oversized living room with 10'11' ceilings and panoramic views over Central Park. A wall of built out closets line the hallway leading to the corner primary bedroom which has north and east exposures offering brilliant light and Park views as well as an en-suite windowed marble bath. See floor plan and full details here.

205 West 57th Street
4 availabilities from $450K

The Osborne was named a New York City Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places for its status as one of New York’s oldest cooperatives and dramatic architecture that extends to the building’s lobby. The Osborne was the first New York building to use foil-backed mosaics in a non-religious setting, and additional features include coffered ceilings, mosaic-tiled floors, marble niches with benches, and Tiffany mosaics and stained glass on niche walls.
From the Listing: This exquisitely renovated two-bedroom, two en-suite bathroom masterpiece is truly one of a kind. Every single inch of this home has been thoughtfully created to the most exacting standards. Upon entering the home, you will notice the beautiful chevron pattern French baked oak floors and a Chinoiserie gold hand-painted black lacquer foyer. Hidden to the left lies the kitchen, custom made of quarter-sawn oak cabinetry complemented with Carrera marble countertops and integrated, high-end appliances. Just past the foyer, 13' crowned and coffered ceilings create a grand, airy, and luxurious feel in the graciously appointed living and dining room with stone fireplace. The large arched South facing windows flood the apartment with natural light while overlooking the treetops of Billionaire's Row. Seamlessly hidden doorways separate both the primary and secondary suites from the entertaining area. See floor plan and full details here.

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