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View from 15 Central Park West via Brown Harris Stevens View from 15 Central Park West via Brown Harris Stevens
From the iconic Midtown buildings to a new crop of architecturally adventurous supertalls, the sight of the Manhattan skyline can't help evoking inspiration, joy, and hope in optimistic times. State and city officials recognize this, and have used it to send messages of comfort, gratitude, and encouragement during this trying time.

Last night, the Durst Organization gave control of the lights of several of its NYC office buildings - One World Trade Center, 4 Times Square, and Bank of America Tower - to people who've pledged to donate to the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Earlier in the crisis, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the spire of One World Trade Center to be lit in red, white, and blue. On April 9, all the city's landmarks were lit up in blue as a thank-you to healthcare workers.
And of course, the Empire State Building is leading the charge. A music-and-light show began at the end of March, and it has continued to show support to the city and its essential workers ever since. Its yellow, white, and blue lighting for National EMS Week took on special significance this year. And while college graduation ceremonies did not take place this year, the Empire State Building kept up the tradition of lighting up in violet for NYU and blue and white for Columbia.

“The Empire State Building has always served as an international symbol of hope, of challenges overcome, and of New York City itself” - Anthony Malkin, Chairman and CEO, Empire State Realty Trust

Those out of state can turn to social media for images of the optimistically lit skyline. But some New Yorkers are lucky enough to enjoy it from their living room or bedroom windows. The following listings are enhanced by spectacular skyline views, both now and when things turn around.
Photo:Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

"I am directing the World Trade Center spire to be lit red, white and blue tonight as a symbol of our commonality — we are all Americans and we will fight this war and get through this difficult time together." —Governor Andrew Cuomo

From the listing:
The Woolworth Tower Residences' award-winning restoration is now complete and available for immediate occupancy. Set almost 593 feet above street level, this sprawling one-bedroom, one- and a half-bath home offers 1,294 square feet of gracious living space and three breathtaking exposures of sweeping city and river views. This luxurious tower residence is complete with an oversized eat-in kitchen, ceilings over 10” high, and solid oak herringbone floors throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

View northwest from One Manhattan Square (Extell Development)
One Manhattan Square Extell Development
From the listing:
77J is the crown jewel of the Skyscape Collection at One Manhattan Square. The Skyscape Collection is a limited offering of expansive three-bedroom homes, with 270 views of the entire Manhattan Skyline, New York's waterways, and the stunning architecture of over six bridges that connect this city together. This home greets you with sweeping views of the New York Harbor the moment you walk through the door, brought to life by 10' high curtain wall windows and 11' ceilings. The South Wing is for entertaining, and the North Wing is for living.See floor plan and full details here.

Madison-House-03 High-floor view northwest from Madison House (via Douglas Elliman)
(Douglas Elliman)
Madison House High-floor view south from Madison House
From the listing:
In the heart of stylish NoMad, Madison House offers unsurpassed panoramic views of New York City, where every residence has a corner window and 11-foot ceilings or higher. With architecture by Handel and interiors by Gachot, these homes start 150 feet in the air and soar to over 800 feet. Extraordinary views are forever in style.

This 942 square foot one-bedroom, one-bath residence opens into an elegant entry foyer, leading to a living and dining room encased with 10-foot tall windows with North and West views. Gachot-designed custom rift-cut cabinetry accentuates the open kitchen, with a honed Calacatta Borghini marble waterfall island and backsplash. Gaggenau appliances including a cooktop, combi-steam oven, convection double oven, refrigerator, and wine refrigerator outfit the kitchen.
See floor plan and full details here.

157-West-57th-Street-01 All images of One57 via Douglas Elliman
From the listing:
Arrive at a private elevator landing and enter this sprawling full floor home through a gracious foyer that opens onto the living-dining room. The great room boasts ceilings of approximately 11'8 and 57 feet of unparalleled views of Central Park through floor-to-ceiling windows. From the great room the views include the Hudson River, well past the George Washington Bridge to the west, and the East River to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. See floor plan and full details here.

515-Park-Avenue-01 All images of 515 Park Avenue via Sotheby's International
From the listing:
This 'mansion in the sky' enjoys 2,000 square feet of spectacular terraces overlooking Park Avenue along with 6,000 square feet of magnificent interiors in this enormous mint-condition duplex in a premier full-service condominium building. Enter by a private elevator landing to an impressive gallery which leads to a grand corner living room with a fireplace and French doors opening onto the terraces. Immediately adjacent is a large and elegant formal dining room, and a handsome billiards room/library. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

90-Furman-Street-01 All images of Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park via Douglas Elliman
From the listing:
Every detail has been attended to in this superbly designed penthouse level home, perfectly positioned in the building to offer views that are second to none with protected, unobstructed views of the Manhattan Skyline, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Soaring 18' ceilings in the living room with oversized windows flood this home with gorgeous light all day and create the perfect frame for the most mesmerizing views. See floor plan and full details here.

200-East-62nd-Street-01 All images of 200 E 62 via Sotheby's
From the listing:
The residence features modern and elegant interiors by Messana O'Rorke including approximately 9' ceilings and 7" white oak plank flooring. Professionally decorated and furnished, this elegant and tranquil residence features south and east exposures with abundant light, air, and open city views in both directions. A true haven with richly appointed, hues textures and fabrics. The kitchen features marble countertops, custom white matte lacquer cabinetry and Miele appliances. A virtual open house is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

25-Columbus-Circle-01 All images of Time Warner Center via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Designer Tony Ingraos vision was to create one of the most sophisticated, stunning and elegant residences in New York City. The level of custom finishes throughout is unparalleled, beginning with the private elevator entrances inlaid stone floors and continuing into the dramatic 42' long living room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Central Park, dual fireplaces, doors and flooring made of Bubinga wood, and beams and moldings of Padouk wood. Off the living room is a handsome wood-paneled corner den with fireplace. See floor plan and full details here.

306-Gold-Street-01 All images of Oro via Douglas Elliman
From the listing:
The coveted and rarely available A-line boasts separate living and dining space with beautiful floor to ceiling windows, a dramatic curved glass wall. An open kitchen, outfitted with GE Profile stainless steel appliances, white lacquer cabinetry, ice glass backsplash, and Lagos Bluestone countertops. A separate dining alcove encompassed in corner windows, one cannot help but be instantly captivated by the STUNNING views of Manhattan's iconic skyline, river, and many of New York City's major bridges, through floor to ceiling double pane windows. See floor plan and full details here.

860-United-Nations-Plaza-01 All images of 860 United Nations Plaza via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
This duplex has breathtaking skyline, East River and Queens Borough Bridge views. This spectacular duplex is situated on the 31st and views from every room! The grand living room measures 21' X 27' and has expansive north/east exposures and features a wood-burning fireplace which delineates the incredible entertainment space from the dining area. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

15-Central-Park-West-01 All images of 15 Central Park West via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing:
Available to the public for first time, the expansive and private corner Penthouse 18/19A at 15 Central Park West is situated directly on Central Park at a perfect elevation allowing one to engage the park, appreciate the surrounding architecture, and enjoy the energy of the city. The classical floor plan carries on the traditions of the great apartment houses of yesteryear, with its suite of grandly proportioned public rooms and private floor of elegant bedroom suites. See floor plan and full details here.

From the listing:
Gorgeous day and nighttime views of Central Park, the Reservoir, and the Manhattan skyline are yours from this high-floor condo. Pin-drop quiet and sun-drenched all day long from Southern and Western exposures, this renovated home offers a spacious, flowing layout while integrating new technologies such as radiant heated flooring, a fully-wired audio/media system, and mood lighting throughout. The generous floor plan provides a custom built-in desk and cabinet space as well as a windowed dining area in the living room (think: sunset-lit dinners) just off of a renovated chef's kitchen. See floor plan and full details here.

212-West-18th-Street-01 All images of Walker Tower via Core Realty Group
From the listing:
Rarely does a home so momentous become available - with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and 3 wood-burning fireplaces amidst 5,955 square feet of pristine interiors and additional 479 square feet of private terraces. Spanning the entirety of the top floor at Walker Tower, Penthouse One offers unrivaled luxury and 360-degree views of the Hudson River, World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty in downtown's most significant building. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

15-West-53rd-Street-01 All images of Museum Tower via Sotheby's
From the listing:
Rising 52 stories above MoMA, the Penthouse is a true mansion in the sky, flooded with natural light and enjoying panoramic views of Central Park and the iconic New York City skyline, with high ceilings, eight wood-burning fireplaces and a three private recessed, limestone-clad terraces, a total of 1,800 exterior square feet. The impeccably finished interiors have been custom-designed to achieve a clear expression of refined urban luxury. See floor plan and full details here.

All images of 1220 Park Avenue via Elliman
From the listing:
A private elevator landing opens onto an elegant center gallery with lacquered walls, with open south city views through floor to ceiling French doors. A grand corner living room with Parquet de Versailles floors and Venetian plastered walls is anchored by a wood burning fireplace and lined with six sets of floor-to-ceiling French doors that open to window boxed Juliet balconies with unobstructed views down Park Avenue. The adjacent dining room, outfitted with herringbone floors, goatskin paneled walls, and features a decorative fireplace and double French doors which open onto an east-facing landscaped terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

All images of Morgan Court via Triplemint
From the listing:
The sunblasted great room feels like a Tribeca loft with better views. Windowed kitchen includes a Viking professional range with griddle and vent, Sub-Zero refrigerator, temperature-controlled wine storage and LG side-by-side washer/dryer. “Feels like a house.” Two sunny and spacious bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom, are on a separate floor, accessed via an architectural staircase. See floor plan and full details here.

230-West-56th-Street-01 All images of The Park Imperial via Sotheby's
From the listing:
Perched high on the 64th floor, this magnificent, turn-key home was designed by renown architect Frederic Schwartz, with interiors by Ray Booth of McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier. The finest materials have been utilized throughout, including hand-hewn wide-plank oak flooring, silk and leather wall finishes, and recessed ceilings with chestnut inlay. The six bedrooms and six and a half baths provide plenty of opportunities to create specialty rooms like staff quarters, billiard's room, media room, home office, home gym or wine cellar. A private landing from the elevator leads you to a gracious foyer and double living rooms, where your breath is taken away by nearly 100 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass facing Central Park. See floor plan and full details here.

All images of The Grand Beekman via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Two impressive entrance galleries lead into a sun splashed living room with walls of windows overlooking the East River. The spectacular bay windowed dining area, which seats 8-10 people comfortably, boasts unobstructed eastern and southern views. The exquisitely appointed kitchen has undergone a total renovation and is truly a chef's delight. The bedrooms in this apartment are all generously proportioned, and the master bedroom suite, complete with spa-like en-suite bath and spacious closet space, showcases stunning the Manhattan skyline, including the iconic Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. See floor plan and full details here.

All images of 111 Hicks Street via Compass
From the listing:
Featured in the New York Times and boasting stunning views of the New York Harbor and Downtown Manhattan, Residence #17C at the historic St. George Tower in prime Brooklyn Heights is truly one of a kind. This impeccably-designed and renovated alcove studio with airy ceilings, refinished maple hardwood floors, new doors, knobs and trim, and other elegant details throughout is spacious and sun-filled. The generous living area with open dining is served by a stylish renovated windowed kitchen. See floor plan and full details here.

Skyline-Views-01 In good times and bad, the sight of the skyline can't help but lift spirits. (Vista via Compass)
95-Greene-Street-01 All images of 95 Greene Street via Compass
From the listing:
Located on historic Greene Street in Soho and high above the cobblestones streets comes one of the most incredible penthouse spaces ever created! With 36' ceilings, flooded with light and panoramic views and covering in excess of 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, there is nothing like this home. A true masterpiece and ready to be one of the most special spaces in all of New York, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. See floor plan and full details here.

All images of 30 East 85th Street via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
With soaring 12' ceilings and a sprawling open living and entertaining floor on the main level, the home is a virtual downtown loft in the sky. A private vestibule leads to a south facing, expansive great room with magnificent New York City skyline views and balcony. Immediately facing west is the media room/library with a terrace and tantalizing views of Central Park, the reservoir and the West Side skyline. The master suite with private chamber, sitting room, and sumptuous master bath has north exposure with city and partial river views and a balcony. See floor plan and full details here.

All images of Gracie Plaza via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Can show via Facetime, this rarely available, high-floor, sunny, ultra-large alcove studio easily converts to a one bedroom with amazing west facing open views! New floors and freshly painted, one can move in and update the kitchen and bath later! Great closet space. The wall of windows looks out on a view that is equally spectacular day and night. See floor plan and full details here.

All images of Stella Tower via Compass
From the listing:
This spacious 1 bedroom apartment at the beloved Stella Tower is not to be missed. The state-of-the-art kitchen features Smallbone of Devizes European oak cabinetry in a dark finish, polished concrete countertops, Nanz hardware, Waterworks R.W. Atlas fixtures, and all Miele appliances. The spacious bathroom is complete with radiant floor heating and glass-enclosed steam shower. See floor plan and full details here.

Honorable Mentions
7-Hubert-Street-01 The Hubert via Halstead
20-Bayard-Street-01 20 Bayard Street via Warburg Realty

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