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Landscaped roof terrace at 49 Chambers Street (Compass) Landscaped roof terrace at 49 Chambers Street (Compass)
May 2024 was the hottest May on record, and yet one climate expert said it will be “comparatively cold” as Earth heats up. New York is not taking this lying down, but has adopted a number of measures and initiatives to become a more environmentally friendly city. The goal is to produce 100 percent clean electricity by 2040 and to be carbon neutral by 2050.

One of these is the Green Roof Tax Abatement, a program dating back to 2008 and one that was recently renewed with the removal of restrictions that prevented more buildings from participating. Buildings that began construction on or after August 5, 2008, and where at least 50% of the roof space is covered by green roof, are eligible to participate. The abatement allows owners to save $200,000 or the amount of property taxes due for the building that tax year, whichever is less, for one year.

Benefits of green roofs include absorption of rainwater, providing insulation, offering bird habitat, and combating the heat island effect that makes New York feel so much hotter in summer months. These perks may be felt throughout the building -- the extra insulation makes the buildings quieter and more temperate, and this new layer of protection can extend the life of the roof, thus staving off at least one pricy assessment.
98-Front-Street-01 Arbor Eighteen's common roof deck has grills and dining area

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The Solaire, 20 River Terrace
The Solaire, 20 River Terrace Battery Park City
49 Chambers Street
49 Chambers Street Tribeca
101 West 14th Street
101 West 14th Street Chelsea
Minuet, 244 East 52nd Street
Minuet, 244 East 52nd Street Midtown East
Archive Lofts, 305 East 61st Street
Archive Lofts, 305 East 61st Street Lenox Hill
Installing a green roof on an existing building is not without its challenges, and some older buildings may not have the structural integrity for it. However, a growing number of developers and designers have been including them from the start – indeed, almost any self-respecting new development condominium is topped with a landscaped roof terrace. Unlike some of the city's other environmental efforts (e.g., Local Law 97 and a shift away from gas stoves), this has been widely embraced; residents appreciate having an outdoor oasis an elevator ride away in the middle of a bustling city, and a number of May 2024's best-selling buildings offer roof terraces among their amenities. Below, we look at new and recent development condos throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island City with landscaped roof terraces.

The Solaire on the Battery Park City waterfront The Solaire (Evan Joseph)
Landscaped roof terrace
Amidst the conversion from rental to sales units, LEED Gold-certified building The Solaire had its amenities reimagined by COOKFOX Architects. A landscaped roof terrace overlooks Teardrop Park and the Hudson River, and also offers BBQ grills and multiple seating and dining areas.

The Solaire, #12M (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

49 Chambers Street
Rooftop terrace
Over 100 years after it was constructed as the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, 49 Chambers Street has been transformed into loft condominiums with interiors by Gabellini Sheppard. An extensive amenity package includes a landscaped roof terrace with grill, dining areas, and beautiful views of Lower Manhattan.

49 Chambers Street, #11D (Compass)

101 West 14th Street, Downtown condo 101 West 14th Street (Compass)
Landscaped rooftop terrace with Empire State Building views
The ODA-designed 101 West 14th Street makes a dramatic statement on its corner at the nexus of Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Many of the apartments have private terraces, and all residents have access to a landscaped roof terrace with grilling, dining, and lounging space overlooking the iconic Manhattan skyline.

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

244 East 52nd Street, Midtown East boutique condominium Minuet (Christie's International Real Estate)
Landscaped roof terrace
Minuet is located in a tranquil enclave at the nexus of Sutton Place and Midtown East, and few units per floor allow for optimal privacy. All units come with private balconies, and the building is topped with a landscaped roof terrace offering separate dining and lounging areas.

Minuet, #PH7 (Christies International Real Estate Group LLC)

305 East 61st Street, Lenox Hill condominium Archive Lofts (Corcoran Group)
Rooftop terrace with landscaping
On the Upper East Side, an art warehouse has been converted to loft condos with original features like barrel-vaulted ceilings in several units. A meticulously curated amenity package includes a landscaped roof terrace with wet bar, grill, and dining and lounge areas.

Archive Lofts, #802 (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

250 West 96th Street, Upper West Side condominium 96+Broadway (Compass)
Landscaped roof terrace
Located in the heart of the Upper West Side's residential building boom, 96+Broadway is well situated near the local and express subway lines at 96th Street. However, an extensive amenity package offers everything residents could need and want under one roof. This includes a landscaped roof terrace with outdoor cinema, outdoor kitchen, lounge seating, and stunning skyline and river views.

96+Broadway, #3D (Compass)

21-21-31st-Street-01 All images of The Rowan via Redundant Pixel
In northern Astoria, The Rowan proved so popular among luxury buyers that it broke its own price record. It is hard to cite one factor in its popularity, but the amenity package is a key part of it, and includes a landscaped roof terrace with views of the Manhattan skyline.

The Rowan, #5A (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

11-Hancock-Place-01 All images of Eleven Hancock via Halstead
A striking new addition to the Harlem streetscape, Eleven Hancock offers over 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities. These include a landscaped roof terrace with BBQ grills, dining, and lounging areas.

Eleven Hancock, #708 (Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing LLC)

Arbor Eighteen's common terrace and garden
Arbor Eighteen is located between Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery, two of Brooklyn's best-known outdoor spaces, but offers plenty of green space of its own. This includes a courtyard, Zen garden, and roof terrace with groves of trees, separate relaxation and dining areas, and stunning Manhattan views.

Arbor Eighteen, #301 (Nest Seekers LLC)

Six Garfield brings a modern sensibility to a neighborhood best known for its prewar townhouses. This applies to the amenity package as well, which includes a landscaped roof terrace with outdoor kitchen and separate dining and lounging areas.

Six Garfield, #404 (Corcoran Group)

215-West-28th-Street-01 All images of Maverick Chelsea via Douglas Elliman
Maverick is located in a bustling part of New York near Penn Station and Hudson Yards, but the landscaped roof deck and Sky Beach offer a peaceful respite. Additional perks include a fire pit lounge, dining area, and outdoor kitchen with grill, rotisserie, BBQ smoker, and pizza oven.

Maverick, #15A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

98-Front-Street-01 Photography of 98 Front Street via Aaron Thompson
In the heart of DUMBO, 98 Front Street offers more than 100 unique floor plans and an extensive array of indoor and outdoor amenities. To top it all off is a 7,000-square-foot landscaped roof deck with bocce court, fitness terrace, and three outdoor kitchens with adjacent dining areas.

98 Front Street, #PH3G (Compass)

347-Henry-Street-01 All images of 5 River Park via Douglas Elliman
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On the former site of the Long Island College Hospital, 5 River Park offers luxurious residences and over 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities. These include a terrace with a pool, a playground and adjacent outdoor living room, and garden grotto with BBQ grills.

5 River Park, #7B (Compass)

24-16-Queens-Plaza-South-01 All images of Hero LIC via Nest Seekers
At the foot of the Queensboro Bridge, Hero LIC combines a prewar base with a new high-rise tower to bring an amenity-rich new condominium to Long Island City. The landscaped roof terrace offers BBQ grills, lounge areas, and views of the iconic Manhattan skyline.

Hero LIC, #12A (Nest Seekers LLC)

252-South-Street-01 All images of One Manhattan Square via Extell
One Manhattan Square garden terrace
In Lower Manhattan, One Manhattan Square stands out as much for its extensive indoor-outdoor amenity package as for its towering height. It includes a massive outdoor garden that wraps around the tower and features grilling and dining areas, a treehouse, and several social courtyards.

One Manhattan Square, #77J (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

110-Charlton-Street-01 All images of Greenwich West via Familiar Control
110-Charlton-Street-02 Roof photo via Alan Tansey
In the heart of Hudson Square, Greenwich West combines industrial design sensibilities with modern amenity offerings. These include a landscaped roof terrace with lounges, dining areas, and panoramic views of the Hudson River.

Greenwich West, #PH29A (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

1-Prospect-Park-West-01 All renderings of One Prospect Park West via Binyan Studios
The residential conversion of a former Knights of Columbus clubhouse, One Prospect Park West is home to ODA Architecture's first landscape-only commission. Features include an apple orchard, an outdoor kitchen, tables of all sizes to accommodate solo relaxation and dinner parties alike, and sweeping views of Prospect Park and the Manhattan skyline.

25-Broad-Street-01 All images of The Broad Exchange Building via The Marketing Directors
Over 100 years after it was constructed as an office building, The Broad Exchange Building's landmarked architecture was beautifully restored amidst its conversion to residential condominiums. The process included adding luxurious amenities like a landscaped roof deck with outdoor kitchen, playground, lounge area, and outdoor shower.

The Broad Exchange Building, #20K (Reuveni LLC)

1-West-End-Avenue-01 All images of One West End via Douglas Elliman
The Far West Side has seen a boomlet of amenity-rich condominiums in recent years, and One West End was an early entrant. Its resort-inspired amenity package includes a 12,000-square-foot terrace with green spaces, grilling areas, and private cabanas available for purchase.

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

1-City-Point-01 All images of Brooklyn Point via Extell
Brooklyn Point has been dethroned as the borough's tallest building, but remains a standout due to its extensive indoor-outdoor amenity package. It includes a landscaped Park Lounge with dining areas, grills, and fire pit.

Brooklyn Point, #42E (Sothebys International Realty)

77-Greenwich-Street-01 All renderings of 77 Greenwich Street via Binyan Studios
The amenities of 77 Greenwich Street are situated on upper levels, the better to make the most of unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor, and the Hudson River. These include a landscaped roof terrace with lush planters, an outdoor kitchen, and a Zen meditation area.

77 Greenwich Street, #36A (Reuveni LLC)

301-East-81st-Street-01 All renderings of Beckford House via Noe & Associates / The Boundary
Yorkville has seen an incredible luxury residential renaissance in recent years, and the two-building Beckford House and Tower complex was a major part of that. Beckford House was designed to reflect prewar elegance, but the amenity package was conceived with modern buyers in mind. It includes a landscaped roof terrace with a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen and multiple seating areas.

Beckford House, #10B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

108-Leonard-Street-01 All images of 108 Leonard Street via Douglas Elliman
Located in one of New York's most sought-after neighborhoods, the landmarked 108 Leonard Street offers a historic address as well as a modern amenity package. The landscaped roof terrace offers a cabana lounge, fire pit, and dining area with outdoor fireplace

108 Leonard, #PH15B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

85-Jay-Street-01 Rendering of Front and York via Morris Adjmi Architects
85-Jay-Street-02 Renderings via Williams New York
Front & York spans a whole city block and brings a context-sensitive design by Morris Adjmi Architects to the Brooklyn skyline. The landscaped rooftop deck was modeled after exclusive membership clubs and offers an outdoor cinema, a garden lounge and kitchen, and an outdoor pool with adjacent sun deck, cabanas, and lounge areas.

Front & York, #PH20D-YORK (CIM / LIVWRK)

303-Park-Avenue-01 All images of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria via Douglas Elliman
Waldorf Astoria Residences is the new condo component located on the upper levels of one of New York's most iconic hotels, and residents will enjoy amenities and services to enhance the luxury hotel atmosphere. These include the Starlight Terrace, accessible via the indoor Starlight Lounge and offering two outdoor kitchens as well as Park Avenue views.

Living room Waldorf Astoria Residences, #3011 (Douglas Elliman)
Primary bath with Chrysler Building views
From the Listing: Residence 3011 is a 1,731-square-foot corner two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home featuring dramatic views of the Chrysler Building. The corner living and dining area with an open windowed kitchen, spans almost 30-feet in length. Kitchen cabinetry, custom designed by Molteni&C, features under cabinet lighting, upper cabinets with multi-layer metallic lacquer in a deep pearlescent tone, and lower cabinets clad with a fine grain platinum wood veneer. See floor plan and full details here.

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