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L to R: 160 East 22nd Street (S9 Architecture), 56 Leonard (Credit (Iwan Baan), and 303 East 77th Street (FXFowle Architects) L to R: 160 East 22nd Street (S9 Architecture), 56 Leonard (Credit (Iwan Baan), and 303 East 77th Street (FXFowle Architects)
Cantilevers, among the showiest feats of architecture, are now abundant in the city. As readily available development sites become scarcer and smaller, as zoning height limits become more pervasive, and as air rights transfers have grown commonplace, the cantilever is a tool used by some developers and designers to expand a building's floorplate to provide more desirable internal layouts. However, as many of ODA Architecture's works have shown, some cantilevers exist to provide visual interest to passersby while bestowing outdoor space opportunities to residents within.

Aesthetically, the city's cantilevers are a mixed bag and are often derided by preservationists and NIMBYs alike. Large, "Hey, look me over" cantilevers can be dramatic, though some of the less graceful ones resemble urban bullies. Nevertheless, flaunting structural ingenuity has long been hallowed by modern architects. Frank Lloyd Wright used cantilevers in several of his most famous houses as early as 1910, though he is best known here for his cantilever-free 1959 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 1966, Marcel Breuer designed the Brutalist Whitney Museum of American Art on Madison Avenue at 75th Street, with its impressive and rather ominous cantilevers along the avenue. In 1977, Hugh Stubbins designed Citicorp Center to soar partially above St. Peter's Church in one of the city's most dramatic spatial experiments where 59 floors of offices placidly suspend over Lexington Avenue.

Prior to the city's great condo boom of recent decades, the city's most iconic cantilevers were in office buildings. To that end, we take a look at some of the most interesting cantilevering residential constructs of recent times.

303-East-77th-Street-01 All images of Isis Condominium via Compass

303 East 77th Street, #14A (Sothebys International Realty)

Design by Perkins Eastman | Finished in 2012
160 East 22nd Street has 1 available listing for $1.395M

160-East-22nd-Street-01 160 East 22nd Street via S9 Architecture

160 East 22nd Street, #3B (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

11 Hancock Place
Design by Issac & Stern | Finished in 2020
Eleven Hancock has 6 available listings from $917K - $1.475M

11-Hancock-Place-01 All images of Eleven Hancock via Halstead

Eleven Hancock, #501 (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

217 West 57th Street
Design by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill | Completion estimated for 2021
Central Park Tower has 16 available listings from $6.5M - $195M


Central Park Tower, #69E (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Design by ODA New York | Finished in 2017
100 Norfolk Street has one availability for $1.399M

100-Norfolk-Street-01 All images of 100 Norfolk Street via Douglas Elliman
100 Norfolk Street's glassy, cantilevered facade came about as a result of strict zoning laws and a narrow lot. No two units are identical, but all feature floor-to-ceiling windows, oak flooring, and custom kitchens with Gaggenau appliances.

100 Norfolk Street, #1A (Serhant LLC)

Design by ODA New York | Completion estimated for 2021
101 West 14th Street has no current availabilities

101-West-14th-Street-01 101 West 14th Street via ODA New York
Located on the cusp of Greenwich Village and Chelsea, 101 West 14th Street has been described as "Tetris-inspired," and the tastefully reflective facade was designed to maximize both privacy and interior square footage. Nearly half the apartments inside will be duplexes with private terraces, and all units will feature design by Whitehall Interiors and top-of-the-line appliances and finishes.

101 West 14th Street, #4D (Compass)

35 West 15th Street
Design by FXFowle | Finished in 2014
35XV has 5 available listings from $1.98M - $5.85M

35-West-15th-Street-01 All images of 35XV via Compass

35XV, #21A (Corcoran Group)

66 Ninth Avenue
Design by SHoP Architects | Finished in 2003
The Porter House has one available listing for $24.5M

66-Ninth-Avenue-01 The Porter House via Nest Seekers

The Porter House, #6 (Nest Seekers LLC)

1 West End Avenue
Design by Hill West | Finished in 2017
One West End has 3 available listings from $1.67M - $17.95M

1-West-End-Avenue-01 One West End via DBOX

One West End, #29B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Design by Herzog & de Meuron | Finished in 2016
56 Leonard Street has 5 available listings from $2.45M - $7.5M

56-Leonard-Street-01 56 Leonard Street via Alexander Severin

56 Leonard Street, #24BE (Corcoran Group)
From the listing: This exceptional and breathtaking 5,200-square-foot condominium residence, with soaring 14' ceilings and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, occupies the entire 55th Floor in one of downtown's top full service award-winning buildings in the heart of Tribeca. Double elevators open into a large entrance gallery, which leads to a spectacular and grand entertaining space spanning 70 feet and capturing breathtaking and dramatic views from river to river and beyond. Perfectly situated off the entertainment space is an extraordinary 600 square foot terrace, which floats majestically over the city and has panoramic views in all directions. The vast 23 x 13 chef's kitchen is situated at the south end of the penthouse, and commands impressive views of the downtown skyline and Hudson River. See floor plan and full details here.

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Greenpoint Landing -Phase III - 221 West Street (OMA New York and Broofield)

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