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In spite of the many luxuries and amenities in city buildings, views come in at the top of New Yorkers' wish lists. (Brooklyn Point via Extell) In spite of the many luxuries and amenities in city buildings, views come in at the top of New Yorkers' wish lists. (Brooklyn Point via Extell)
Whenever anyone visits a New York apartment, the first thing they do is check out the view. However, in a city with such a sprawling skyline and varied vistas, looking at apartments in different neighborhoods can feel like traveling from one planet to another. The following units look out on some of the most iconic views in New York City.
Downtown Skyline
Skyline views via Compass
Over the past few years, the downtown skyline has blossomed beautifully in the wake of tragedy and seen some spectacular new architectural additions. The following units offer a front-row seat from the living room (not to mention the bedrooms, kitchen, and bath).
1-Main-Street-1 All images of The Clock Tower Buliding via Sotheby's
1-Main-Street-2 Living room
1-Main-Street-3 Kitchen
1-Main-Street-4 Bedroom
High-floor home in an iconic Brooklyn building looks out on panoramic Brooklyn Bridge and downtown skyline views. Oversized arched windows, soaring concrete beamed ceilings, columns, and a fireplace give the living room a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With state-of-the-art appliances in the kitchen, spa-like baths, Piet Boon Black Oak & Steele door handles, and new hardwood floors throughout, no detail was overlooked. See floor plan and full details here.
56-Leonard-Street All images of 56 Leonard Street via Corcoran
56-Leonard-Street Living room
56-Leonard-Street Kitchen
56-Leonard-Street Master bath
This apartment in a modern architectural masterpiece is filled with sunlight and skyline views from floor-to-ceiling windows, but the best place to enjoy them is the private balcony. The bright kitchen comes outfitted with Corian countertops and seamlessly incorporated Sub Zero and Miele appliances. Additional features include 11' ceilings, white oak flooring, large walk-in closet, and custom interiors by Pritzker Prize-winners Herzog & de Meuron. See floor plan and full details here.
388-Bridge-Street-1 All images of 388 Bridge Street via Compass
388-Bridge-Street-2 Living room
388-Bridge-Street-3 Kitchen
388-Bridge-Street-4 Master bedroom
Spacious penthouse with north, south, and west exposures offers panoramic vistas of the downtown skyline, New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and the Verrazano Bridge. Interiors feature 11' ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, wide plank oak floors, and designer hardware and fixtures. The master suite boasts postcard-perfect views, not to mention incredible closet space and a luxurious bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Midtown Skyline
Midtown skyline via Douglas Elliman
When you can see the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from your window, there can be no doubt of where you are. The following apartments look out on quintessential New York views that can’t help but energize a person for a day in the city.
16-West-40th-Street-1 All images of The Bryant via Corcoran
16-West-40th-Street-2 Great Room
16-West-40th-Street-3 Kitchen
16-West-40th-Street-4 Bedroom
The 9'6" floor-to-ceiling windows fill this corner condo with incredible southern light and open views of the Empire State Building. Bespoke millwork by David Chipperfield Architects cleverly conceals storage and appliances, and functions as a custom entertainment center for the luxe master suite. The kitchen has a full suite of Gaggenau appliances. See floor plan and full details here.
160-East-38th-Street All images of Murray Hill Mews via Douglas Elliman
160-East-38th-Street Living room
160-East-38th-Street Master bedroom
160-East-38th-Street Bedroom
Quiet, high-floor home is filled with wonderful light and open Empire State Building views. Upon entry, an oversized foyer with a large coat closet leads to the expansive living room with a beautiful dining area. The bedrooms have a split layout and incredible views, and the master has spacious closets and en suite bath. See floor plan and full details here.
425-Park-Avenue-South All images of Park South Tower via Nest Seekers
425-Park-Avenue-South Living room
425-Park-Avenue-South Library
425-Park-Avenue-South Kitchen
Triple exposures and oversized, arched windows fill this loft-life home with picturesque skyline views, including the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. An expansive living/dining area with a state-of-the-art open kitchen was designed for entertaining. The master suite boasts north and west exposures, a wood-burning fireplace, a large dressing room with two closets and built-in shelving, and See floor plan and full details here.

Central Park
Central Park views via Nest Seekers
Some buyers appreciate the central location of a New York apartment, yet prefer to look out on greenery and open skies rather than endless concrete and buildings. Views of Central Park offer the best of both worlds.
907-Fifth-Avenue All images of 907 Fifth Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
907-Fifth-Avenue Den
907-Fifth-Avenue Bedroom
907-Fifth-Avenue Master bath
This elegant apartment in a J.E.R. Carpenter-designed co-op has been tastefully renovated, but views of Central Park from every room cannot be topped. Inside, soaring ceilings, herringbone floors, a wood-burning fireplace, and other prewar details beautifully enhance the layout. The windowed kitchen is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances. See floor plan and full details here.
271-Central-Park-West All images of 271 Central Park West via Brown Harris Stevens
271-Central-Park-West Living room
271-Central-Park-West Dining area
271-Central-Park-West Library
The corner living room, formal dining room, and luxurious library in this unique designer home all face Central Park and make a dramatic, loft-like entertaining space. The newly renovated eat-in kitchen boasts custom cabinetry, endless counter and storage space, and state-of-the-art appliances. The master suite boasts Central Park views, amazing closet space (including a walk-in), and a windowed bath. See floor plan and full details here.
641-Fifth-Avenue All images of Olympic Tower via The Modlin Group
641-Fifth-Avenue Living room
641-Fifth-Avenue Dining area
641-Fifth-Avenue Bedroom
Floor-to-ceiling windows fill this high-floor home with stunning Central Park views. The living room's breathtaking views, dry bar, and excellent space and flow make it an entertainer's dream space. Down the hall, the master bedroom features incredible park views, custom built-ins, an office area, extremely generous closet and storage space, and an en-suite bath. See floor plan and full details here.

All of the Above
53-West-53rd-Street All images of 53W53 via Corcoran
53-West-53rd-Street Living room
53-West-53rd-Street Kitchen
53-West-53rd-Street Master bath
Who says you have to choose? This duplex penthouse in a Jean Nouvel-designed tower enjoys 360-degree views of Central Park, the skyline all the way downtown, the Hudson and East Rivers, and beyond. The massively scaled living room boasts double-height ceilings, gracious proportions, and outstanding attention to detail. Upstairs, the floor-through master suite has north and south exposures, a voluminous dual walk-in closet, and spacious, spa-like bath. See floor plan and full details here.
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