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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
From the listing: Step off the elevator into this immaculate full-floor 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom condominium with all external exposures. The fourth floor is move-in ready: renovated baths and kitchen, custom California Closets, motorized shades, custom millwork, and more. The south and west facing windows throughout are enormous, rising from the floor, yet the apartment is pin-drop quiet. Ceiling heights are approximately 9' producing an open and spacious feel. The fantastic circular layout works wonderfully, making living easy, entertaining a joy, and working from home ideal. See floor plan and full details here.

Design by Perkins Eastman | Finished in 2012
160 East 22nd Street has 3 available listings from $2.4M - $2.85M

160-East-22nd-Street-01 160 East 22nd Street via S9 Architecture
From the listing: Located in arguably one of the most desirable parts of Downtown Manhattan on the charming treed streets of Gramercy, about 450ft from Gramercy Park, this mint 2-bedroom 2-bathroom home over 1,200 square feet in size, boasts northern and southern exposures and nearly 10ft-high ceilings, this home is bathed in light all day. With only 3 apartments per floor, this home is owned by the original buyer. Enter via a gracious foyer with a large entry closet and a washer/dryer. The apartment is outfitted with 5-inch white oak floors and features a north-facing almost 20ft long great room with an open chef's kitchen boasting gleaming stone counters and designer soft-close cabinetry, a large island perfect for entertaining, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele gas range and oven, Miele dishwasher, and a wine cooler. The south-facing primary bedroom is appointed with a large walk-in closet, and an en-suite windowed bathroom complete with dual vanities, a soaking tub, a separate glass-enclosed shower, and heated floors. See floor plan and full details here.

11 Hancock Place
Design by Issac & Stern | Finished in 2020
Eleven Hancock has 16 available listings from $598K - $2.3M

11-Hancock-Place-01 All images of Eleven Hancock via Halstead
From the listing: This ninth floor home is well proportioned, offering ample entertaining space and a separate bedroom suite. This residence takes advantage of unique engineering that allows for a large window to fill the kitchen and dining area with light. In addition to the four closets found throughout, the primary suite offers a spacious closet. Every surface and fitting at Eleven Hancock was selected for its refined design and matchless quality. Italian crafted kitchens by Cesar were expertly designed in complimentary tones with immaculate attention to detail. See floor plan and full details here.

217 West 57th Street
Design by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill | Completion estimated for 2021
Central Park Tower has 8 available listings from $6.9M - $17.9M

217-West-57th-Street-01 All images of Central Park Tower via Extell
From the listing: Spectacular views and unparalleled luxury unfolds in this amazing corner 3 bedroom, 3 and a half bathroom residence, perched on the 47th floor of the magnificent Central Park Tower condominium! Boasting an expansive layout for comfortable living and entertaining, met by stretching walls of floor-to-ceiling windows throughout that bathe the home in natural light, this stunner is truly for the discerning. Look out to breathtaking vistas of Central Park, dramatic cityscapes and rivers as your daily pleasure, and host guests in style with a backdrop of open-concept living and dining. See floor plan and full details here.

Design by ODA New York | Finished in 2017
100 Norfolk Street has no current availabilities

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.

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-02 Interior image via Binyan Studios

35 West 15th Street
Design by FXFowle | Finished in 2014
35XV has 3 available listings from $3.75M - $6M

35-West-15th-Street-01 All images of 35XV via Compass
From the listing: This unit enjoys magnificent space and flexibility; it could be converted into a three bedroom apartment or two bedroom + den. Features include 10'high ceilings and awe-inspiring floor-to-ceiling windows. Custom interiors by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz include honed Bianco Bello Marble counter tops, Poggenpohl white lacquer cabinetry and seamlessly incorporated Sub-zero and Miele appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

66 Ninth Avenue
Design by SHoP Architects | Finished in 2003
The Porter House has 3 available listings from $3.7M - $26.5M

66-Ninth-Avenue-01 The Porter House via Nest Seekers
66-Ninth-Avenue-02 Interiors via Corcoran
From the listing: Flawless designer finishes and outstanding city views take center stage in this artfully gut-renovated two-bedroom, two-bathroom showplace in a renowned Chelsea condominium. Inside this pristine 1,572-square-foot home, elegant molding accentuates deep-stained hardwood floors and soaring ceilings. In between, floor-to-ceiling windows deliver unobstructed outlooks, and wide walls stand ready to highlight your private art collection. Relax and entertain in the expansive corner living/dining room where views that stretch all the way to One World Trade become your iconic backdrop. In the masterful eat-in kitchen, swaths of gorgeous quartzite surround dramatic black cabinetry and a full complement of upscale stainless steel appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

1 West End Avenue
Design by Hill West | Finished in 2017
One West End has 11 available listings from $1.6M - $19.5M

1-West-End-Avenue-01 One West End via DBOX
From the listing: This generous 3,055 square-foot corner 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath Tower Residence designed by Jeffrey Beers is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing river and city views to the north and east. A rich walnut residential entrance door invites one into a generous foyer, where you are greeted by by soaring 10-1/2 foot ceilings and seven-and-a-half-inch wide walnut plank flooring throughout. The Italian-crafted Scavolini kitchen custom-designed by Jeffrey Beers is adjacent to the corner living room and outfitted with dark-stained walnut cabinetry accented by champagne matte glass panels. See floor plan and full details here.

Design by Herzog & de Meuron | Finished in 2016
56 Leonard Street has 9 available listings from $3M - $50M

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