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Many new buildings talk a big game about the jaw-dropping views and luxurious 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.
The Pierre and the Sherry Netherland from the roof of The Plaza (Sotheby's)

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.
1-Hanson-Place-2 Interiors via Compass
Very few of the most frequently cited iconic structures in NY are residential buildings. One Hanson Place, the landmarked former Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building in Fort Greene, is one of them. This high-floor home features a cozy private terrace and oversized southwest-facing windows with open views of Brooklyn, New York Harbor, and Lower Manhattan. The open floor plan and high ceilings create an expansive and dramatic multi-functional space. See full description, images and floor plan here.

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, and north. The apartment has had major renovations and 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.

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 double exposures, breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan, windowed kitchen with stainless steel appliances, multiple closets, and in-unit washer/dryer. 70 Pine is a unique residential building that you never need to leave. Approximately 22,000 square feet of amenities include a fitness center which features daily classes, a Pilates and yoga studios, a turf track, a bowling alley, virtual golf, a resident lounge with billiards and ping pong, and screening room in 70 Pine's historic bank vault. See full description, images and floor plan here.

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.
795-Fifth-Avenue-2 Interiors via Elegran
High-floor home occupies the entire Fifth Avenue side of the iconic Pierre Hotel and offers unparalleled direct views of Central Park, along with views west to the Hudson River, north beyond the George Washington Bridge and south to Midtown Manhattan. This residence has recently been renovated with an expanded kitchen, refinished floors, enlarged closets, and beautiful millwork. Apartment owners enjoy full access to all hotel services, including 24-hour concierge, twice-daily maid service, spa and fitness center, conference room, business center, and beauty salon. See full description, images and floor plan here.

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.
35-East-76th-Street-2 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
If you enjoy living in the clouds surrounded by luxury, this is the home for you. This full-floor home features a private elevator landing, stunning rectangular entry, 2 living rooms, formal dining room. 3 bedrooms, 2 white marble baths, marble powder room, den/library, and a windowed kitchen. Oversized windows showcase Central Park from multiple angles in all public rooms as well as both bedrooms. See full description, images and floor plan here.

San Remo-02
This is the city's most beautiful apartment building, and its elegant 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.
145-Central-Park-West-02 Interiors via Warburg Realty
Located in The San Remo, one of Central Park West's most prestigious prewar cooperatives, this expansive apartment is the most glamorous and livable home on the Upper West Side. Enormous rooms are flooded with brilliant light, and French doors open on to Central Park. It is currently configured with three bedrooms, four baths and a powder room, and a room-sized, fully built out dressing room. See full description, images and floor plan here.

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.

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 designed by Emery Roth 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.

The Sherry Netherland Hotel The Sherry Netherland Hotel (background) from the roof of The Plaza
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.
781-Fifth-Avenue-2 Interiors via Fox Residential Group
This triple mint apartment has 10 large arched windows with sunny southern and eastern exposures that look over the city's sweeping skyline. This fine property is for those who enjoy the very best and take note of small details. The pristine renovations done in the apartment incorporate the building's historic elements such as coffered ceilings, intricate parquet floors, beautiful marble mantle with NYC-approved fireplace, and distinctive barrel vaulted entrance foyer. The apartment is ready to move into and is being offered furnished. See full description, images and floor plan here.

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.
2-Park-Place-2 Interiors via Sotheby's International Realty
With six skylights, up to 22' ceilings, and duplex terrace, there is no shortage of natural light throughout this residence where Tribeca loft meets historic penthouse. Unmatched cinematic views of the surrounding cityscape in addition to unique sightlines of the building itself, The Pavilion residences offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in the iconic Woolworth Tower. The Great Room reaches over 52 feet in length, and the expansive professional kitchen has been outfitted with custom Dada cabinetry crafted by the Molteni Group, Calacatta Caldia marble countertops, a full suite of Miele appliances, and integrated Dornbracht fixtures. See full listing, images and floor plan here.

Honorable Mentions

10 Gracie Square
778 Park Avenue

90 West Street
Barbizon 63

Worldwide Plaza Apartments
Beekman Tower-03

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