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The Pierre and the Sherry Netherland from the roof of The Plaza (Sotheby's) The Pierre and the Sherry Netherland from the roof of The Plaza (Sotheby's)
Many new buildings talk a big game about the views and amenities to be enjoyed on their roof decks, but the roofs themselves tend to be aesthetically uninspired and a mish-mash of mechanical units and a cacophony of thoughtless enclosures. There is something to be said for the rooflines of many of New York's prewar architecture, however, which strived to make a statement in the skyline and inspire passersby at street level.

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we take a look at the ten most beautiful rooflines in Manhattan. It is not surprising to note that the majority of them are New York City landmarks built during the first half of the 20th century. It would be heartbreaking to see these works of art lost, so here's an appreciation piece to our majestic pre-war icons that counteract NYC from looking like any other city. Happy Valentine's Day.

#10. One Hanson Place, Fort Greene
The finest landmark skyscraper in Brooklyn and one of the best Art Deco towers in New York City, One Hanson Place was erected in 1927 as the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower and was converted to 175 residential condominiums in 2006.

Designed by Halsey, McCormack, and Helmer in a Byzantine Romanesque style, it was for many years the tallest building in Brooklyn at 37 stories and 512 feet. It is next to the Brooklyn Academy of Music and across from the Atlantic Yards project.
Very few of the most frequently cited iconic structures in NY are residential buildings. One Hanson Place, the landmark former Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building in Ft Greene is one of them. 16A, perched on one of the Condo’s higher floors, is a spacious one bedroom / 1.5 bath apartment with a washer/dryer, sun and quiet all day, and oversized East-facing windows framing miles of open skies over Brooklyn’s most popular historic districts. See full description, images and floor plan here.

#9. 1 Fifth Avenue, Greenwich VIllage
1 Fifth Avenue-nyc Ann Weintraub Weintraub, Ann, Ltd
An isolated skyscraper, a rarity in Manhattan, One Fifth Avenue was one of the first Art Deco towers in the city and it dominates Lower Fifth Avenue, Washington Square Park and Greenwich Village.

Designed in 1927 by Helmle & Corbett with Sugarman & Berger, this is one of the city's premier residential skyscrapers. Its dark brown masonry and strong verticality make this tall setback tower quite monolithic.

The building, Christopher Gray noted in a 1992 article in The New York Times, "is one of the city's most illusionistic statements, where flat brickwork is made to appear three-dimensional through false shadow effects."
This is truly a one-of-a-kind, Tower, 3 bedroom, 3 full bath apartment floating way up high in the sky with unlimited, awesome views facing east, south & north. The apartment has had major renovations & is in mint condition with many architectural details reflecting the art deco nature of this landmark, 1927 iconic building. Discerning buyers will certainly appreciate this unique, special offering. See full description, images and floor plan here.

#8. 70 Pine Street
When 952-foot-tall 70 Pine Street rose in 1932, the tower yielded only to the Empire State and the Chrysler buildings in terms of both height and Art Deco elegance. The 2016 apartment conversion instantly propelled the slender, setback landmark into the top ranks of New York City’s Art Deco-styled apartment buildings.
70-Pine-Street-2 Interiors via Rose Associates
Spacious two bedroom with open gourmet kitchen with eating bar, multiple closets, and in-unit washer/dryer.70 Pine is a unique residential building that you never need to leave. Enjoy a landmarked Art Deco lobby featuring Crown Shy, James Kent and Jeff Katz's exciting new restaurant with their second restaurant/bar concept opening in the buildings' Spire this fall. See full description, images and floor plan here.

#7. The Pierre, Upper East Side
The Pierre-04 (Brown Harris Stevens)
The Pierre is a New York City icon. The Parisian mansard roof adds romance to classic Central Park views. Gold-trimmed entry marquees complement the Renaissance elegance of the facade, designed by esteemed architecture firm Schulze & Weaver. The hotel has ranked among New York’s premier since its 1930 opening, and the 1959 conversion of the upper floors to co-ops only added to the building’s cachet. White-glove service is synonymous with the building’s amenities.
This spectacular 14-room duplex apartment is situated high atop the prestigious Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue. Featuring a meticulous triple mint renovation and boasting extraordinary 360-degree views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, this elegant trophy residence is absolute perfection. The stunning duplex is distinguished by a sweeping suite of entertaining rooms including an immensely grand corner living room, a large formal dining room, and an impressive library spanning 42' along Fifth Avenue. See full description, images and floor plan here.

#6. The Carlyle, Upper East Side
35 East 76th Street The Carlyle Hotel via LPC
The 1930 building combines a luxury hotel with co-ops on the upper floors and offers Art Deco design, palatial layouts, high ceilings, and Central Park views elevated to a height that few other pre-war high-rises can match. Many upper-floor units span the whole floor, offering sweeping vistas in every direction.
Unparalleled luxury awaits at this light-filled, full-floor residence at the iconic Carlyle hotel. Perched high above the Upper East Side on the 26th floor with spectacular panoramic Central Park views to the west and expansive city views from every room, this 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath residence, masterfully renovated by William Sofield, is waiting for a most discerning buyer. See full description, images and floor plan here.

#5. San Remo, Central Park West
San Remo-02
This is the city's most beautiful apartment building and its design by Emery Roth for dividing the top of their 27-story building into two 10-story towers was the first such scheme in the city.
The San Remo apartments
Located in The San Remo, one of Central Park West's most prestigious prewar cooperatives, this impeccably restored 8-room corner apartment has a magnificent scale and wonderful cityscape views.

The sun-flooded residence has soaring ceilings, classic moldings, casement windows, pristine herringbone flooring, French doors and beautifully preserved original architectural detailing. An impressive 23-foot gallery opens onto the public rooms of the home, which include a 28-foot living room with a decorative fireplace overlooking 75th Street. The West-facing formal dining room has French doors and custom built-ins. See full description, images and floor plan here.

#4. The Aman New York, Midtown West
Crown Building-003 The Crown Building looking down Fifth Avenue
The Crown Building, an ornate tower topped with an iconic copper-clad pyramid, has graced the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street since 1921. Almost exactly 100 years later, a renovation transforms the former office building into The Aman, a bespoke addition to Billionaires’ Row. Residents of the 20 upper-floor condos have access to the services of the in-house hotel, which include a pool-equipped spa, a subterranean jazz club, a piano bar, a cigar bar, and a wine library. The penthouse offers a terrace with an outdoor pool and views of Central Park.
This 2,109 square foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath residence meticulously designed by Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston features a generous open layout. Interior features include a grand entry foyer with herringbone-patterned floors and custom-designed oiled walnut double doors, white oak wood plank floors, three glass enclosed fireplaces and 10'7'' ceilings. See full description, images and floor plan here.

#3. The Eldorado, Central Park West
The Eldorado from Central Park
The Eldorado’s twin spires grace the romantic skyline of Central Park West near the Reservoir. The ornate yet austere skyscraper exemplifies the gradual transition from classical opulence to avant-garde modernism.
This convertible two-bedroom 2.5 bath home has charming treetop views from every room directly overlooking Central Park. Sunlight floods every room of the apartment through new oversized casement windows. A graciously proportioned living room has custom built-in cabinetry and handsome decorative fireplace. See full description, images and floor plan here.

#2. The Sherry Netherland, Upper East Side
There is probably a maiden with very long hair in the minaret in need of rescue, but what knight would dare mess with this building's impressive dragons holding large lamps above the second floor. Ah, romance!

The building has graced the Central Park skyline since 1927, channels elegance from the barrel-vaulted lobby to the tip of the copper spire. The Grand Army Plaza-adjacent building has hosted residents such as pilot and entrepreneur Howard Hughes, musician Diana Ross, director Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Henson of The Muppets, and TV host and judge Judy Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy.
The Sherry Netherland Hotel The Sherry Netherland Hotel (background) from the roof of The Plaza
This immense and pristine two-bedroom, two-bathroom (plus 2 Powder Room) Art Deco masterpiece recently received a multi-million dollar, museum-quality renovation throughout. This South/West facing corner unit is the most desirable exposure in the building, featuring high ceilings and sweeping Central Park and 5th Avenue views from nearly every room. The over-sized Living Room is perfectly proportioned, offering ample room for both Living and Dining. See full description, images and floor plan here.

#1. The Woolworth Building, Tribeca-Financial District
THe Woolworth Building-94 The Woolwrth Building (Alchemy Properties)
The Neo-Gothic Woolworth Building was the world’s tallest when it opened in 1913 and is among the world’s most beautiful to this day. While the broad, 30-story base remains used for offices, in 2016 the building’s slender upper portion transformed into 33 exclusive condominiums, which benefit not only from some of the city’s finest views but also top-notch services and a prime Downtown location overlooking City Hall Park.
Extraordinary features come together in Pavilion B on the 29th floor of The Woolworth Tower Residences, a brand-new one-of-a-kind loft-style 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, stunning home high atop downtown Manhattan. Filled with every modern amenity and comfort and the finest in finishes and state-of-the-art systems throughout, the gracious and expansive prewar-inspired layout provides a wonderful home for both entertaining on a grand scale as well as private living. With breathtaking New York City views and fabulous private outdoor oases, this 4,623 square foot homes combination of luxuries cannot be matched. The flawless design maximizes natural light and scale with soaring ceilings that reach up to 22 feet, a vast 47-foot open entertaining expanse, a mezzanine atelier, solid oak floors, 6 skylights and an abundance of windows that expose spectacular city, World Trade Center and river views. See full listing, images and floor plan here.

Honorable Mentions

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778 Park Avenue

90 West Street
Barbizon 63

Worldwide Plaza Apartments
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